Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked together on his homework from his English class which was response and reflection questions over the book Monster by Walter Dean Myers. I helped him to think critically and find textual evidence to support his answers. We then reviewed comma and fragment sentence rules from the last session. He then completed an online comma/ fragment quiz in which he scored 18/20! We talked about why he chose the answers he did throughout the quiz. He said he would be having an upcoming English test, which he thought was more of a pre-test. I told him I would be interested in seeing his results. I also encouraged him to do the online English ACT "flashcards" and "concept" questions a couple of times a week at least."
"The student and I worked on his outline for his Modern World History thesis paper. He had come up with a thesis he liked during the week, and we sequenced the topics in an outline and found areas of evidence. This will make writing his draft a lot easier!"
"Student and I worked on an English essay that she has due Wednesday (topic: The Odyssey). We almost finished, she only has two more paragraphs to write on her own. She also has a science test that day. But because this chapter on biodiversity is mostly conceptual, without much math, she should do pretty well on her test as long as she studies on her own!"
"Today we talked about writing to different audiences and how one's writing style must change to accommodate. I described a scenario where the student was involved in a food fight at school, and she had to write 3 letters. The first was to the principal, explaining what happened and apologizing. The second was to her friend, talking about what happened and using casual language. The third was to her parents, using apologetic language. Then she wrote a letter from the perspective of the principal, writing to the students to voice her displeasure at their actions."
"In this session we looked over and edited the student's first draft of his Outsiders essay. This was a much more difficult prompt than previous essays we've worked on in tutoring, so it will require more editing and revision, but I am optimistic that he will learn a lot from the experience! We talked about some structural changes, adding more details, and making the essay more focused on Ponyboy himself, and less on different plot-related aspects of the book. The student also did the first half of a worksheet on breaking up long sentences into shorter sentences, since this was something he has had difficulty with in the past. He did well, but we will continue to practice it later on. We also discussed the writing state assessment briefly. The student is concerned about timed writing (even though he won't have to worry about it until next year) so I told him that we could potentially practice it in future sessions."
"Today we kept working on the student's extended essay. She didn't have a chance to look into the research we did, but we kept exploring today for more articles about her topic. A lot of the sources we found were too technical, but she will be looking for more case studies, and more articles on specific aspects she wants to flesh out for our upcoming sessions."