Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I mostly worked on math today. Her mother had printed up a bunch of worksheets and marked some pages in some of the student's workbooks, so we had plenty to work on. She did a great job focusing."
"During this session, the student and I primarily focused on the importance of crafting powerful, concise topic sentences for the body paragraphs in his History essay. Instead of having him complete the topic sentence exercise worksheet on his own, we spent the majority of the session discussing the worksheet together. He is still more so in the outline stages of the writing process. We looked at his outline and narrowed his argument's focus by deleting unnecessary information and adding information where his supporting details were a bit sparse. He did a great job with the topic sentence exercise and demonstrated that he understands the importance of topic sentences. I had him read several sample paragraphs and identify the topic sentences, the supporting details, and sentences which felt off topic or out of place. I then gave him sample paragraphs that were missing topic sentences and had him create topic sentences for each paragraph. He found this part of the exercise to be a bit more challenging, but he was able to create effective, succinct topic sentences for each paragraph after a couple of tries. For our next session, I requested that he come prepared with a complete rough draft of his essay."
"Final touches on the Gatsby paper, due tomorrow. Worked on the intro, topic sentences, word choice, and general tweaking."