Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Worked mostly on helping the student to understand Chaucer and the five paragraph essay. A very worthwhile session since all of this will be useful for him on the SAT, etc. As always, it is the language issues that are the most difficult for him and not the actual thinking. He is a very diligent student once he puts his mind to it. In any case, he is over the worst part and now understands what he needs to do."
"Today I worked with the student on his English class assignment. We read through the story, "The Story of An Hour," by Kate Chopin, and then worked together to develop his thesis and a rough outline for his 2-3 page paper. I also told him to send me his rough draft once he finishes it up today so I can review it before he turns it in tomorrow."
"Reviewed first half of final paper draft for Writing I. Discussed how to re-work the introduction to include an epigraph. Emphasized proper citation throughout the essay. Discussed ways to improve analysis rather than just summarize other authors' views."
"We reviewed and studied all of the student's poetry vocabulary because she will have a test on Thursday on those terms. She also wrote out examples of the terms so that she can identify them when asked."
"The student and I first began our session by going over her essay. We went over the teacher's comments and discussed how we could improve the essay for a better grade. Once we completed that we began working on a poem the student has to write for class. We went over the exact instructions the Instructor expects from the student. We then began the process of planning a 3 stanza poem. We decided on our main ideas for each stanza and then began the first stanza together."
"We went over the trickier passages of two more essays by Richard Rodriguez, focusing on the student's understanding of how education "re-creates" the individual and paying special attention to his analysis of how that process does and does not differ for students who are crossing cultures (class or otherwise) in attending their school."