Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This was my first session with the student. As such, it served primarily diagnostic purposes. I asked her to describe her class situation and difficulties. She self-reported that her primary difficulty was with grammar. After further discussion, though, we both agreed that her essays were lacking because she was unused to developing clear arguments that function based on her own expertise. I looked at several of her previous papers from the classes that required her to write essays. As I read the papers, I recorded a number of grammatical issues on which she needs work. Given that she needs help with writing generally, but also with specific grammatical issues, I proposed that we split time in future sessions between tackling one or two specific grammatical issues and working on essay assignments that she will need to complete for her classes. This will allow us to work broadly and narrowly at the same time, while also allowing her space to apply the things she will be learning about grammar. I believe that these two focal points will reinforce one another, and that as her grammar improves so will her writing, and vice versa. We concluded the session by setting our next meeting."
"This session, we focused on three things: annotation of texts in order to analyze their structure, summarization and the specific structure of citation within an essay. The student showed excellent understanding of the purpose of summarization and how it could be used as a tool for uncovering the underlying purpose of writing in academic language. Through the use of a radio story and transcript that used the conventions of academic writing, we covered the above mentioned topics. I left him with two texts to annotate and read, along with an audio component to listen to. The goal for this extra practice is to get him to consistently read college level texts deeply--that is, to interact with them through summary and commentary."
"During this session, we had a re-cap of the student's week at school. He reported that he was able to turn in all of his assignments on time this week. He was given a paper to write over a week's time just to see how he broke the assignment down and managed his time. He mentioned that the school assigns a book to read over the summer for the beginning of the next school year. I will be looking for two more books for him to read that are between the 8th and 9th grade level to broaden his reading."
"We reviewed the primary source, a 2010 report by the Institute of Medicine, which is referenced in 90% of the articles that discuss the future of nursing in the US. The report was over 200 pages. Knowing the research questions, we were able to skim read and use word search to pinpoint the report's answers to the questions. The specific assign to write 750-1000 words answering three question about the report was completed. The format and rules for APA were included in the tutorial. The student was to proof again and to add the running head with pagination and to check the reference page for hanging indention. We discussed the merits of using a template versus setting the entries manually. The student was pleased and confident about the research and the paper."
"The student and I started by working on math multiplication cards and going over the two division problems for each card. We then worked on his Woodpecker story and worked on handwriting by copying one of the paragraphs. We completed the comprehension questions and he wrote his independent summary. He worked on an independent math addition/subtraction worksheet that he did awesome on!"
"The student worked on her newspaper response essay. It was a comparison between different paper newspapers and their online versions, so we discussed how each of them were formatted differently. We then briefly discussed how her freshman paper is going, and read through a section of that."