Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We continued working on expository writing. The student used his planning grid to organize his thoughts. We will continue to work on his sentence structure and using higher level vocabulary in his writing. His attitude was positive and he was receptive to all feedback. With practice his sentence structure and use of higher vocabulary will improve."
"During this session, we read about Odysseus' encounter with the Cyclops in Homer's "Odyssey." We then wrote a paragraph that required the student to make predictions based upon factual evidence in the text. To write the paragraph, we went through the writing process: brainstorming, outlining, finding textual evidence to support claims, and then the draft. We worked to be deliberate with our choices of words and quotes -- we wanted his writing to pack the most punch into the fewest words, being direct and concise. We found textual evidence to support every claim and to validify his predictions. While writing the paragraph, he consistently referred to the topic sentence, a strategy to ensure all of the sentences stayed on topic and supported his claim. He also worked to ensure his topic sentence gave an interesting viewpoint that was both debatable and supportable."
"After reviewing the student's "parallel structure" practice problems from last week and addressing his questions about them, we reviewed the basic rules of comma use, and I had him work on a few practice problems for each basic rule. I also introduced him to the idea of adverbial clauses, provided examples, and had him work through a few examples of each. We discussed the difference between adverbial "dress-ups" and prepositional phrases. Finally, we walked through the basic elements of an essay, and I provided specific requirements for his upcoming assignment. After finishing "Alice and Wonderland" and the article I gave him, he will write a five paragraph essay-- paying special attention to his thesis statement, his clincher-words, and the required dress-ups and sentence openers. It was a pleasure to get into more specifics of the writing process with him He was fully engaged during our session, and was eager to implement the elements of our lesson."