Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student wanted to spend this session beginning to plan for an in-class analytical/evaluative paper for his English Composition class that was due. He will have time-and-a-half to write the paper, which he can schedule at his convenience. He is allowed to take one page of notes into the writing session; he has gone through this process once before for paper #4 (this is #5), and knows that outlining the paper works best for him. We spent this session reading the source material together several times, talking through the structure of the paper, and identifying quotes to back up his main points. We got about halfway through this process, and will continue with another session before he will schedule the writing session. He also updated me on some of the previous work we had worked on--he got an A on his government test, and an A on his Ukraine paper. His homework, to be completed before we meet again, is to write a rough draft of the author's thesis (of the essay he is critiquing) and to read the essay at least 1-2 more times."
"Reviewed open ended responses, essays, and in class reading comp. Assigned home work - complete open ended questions and reading comp, essay, review notes."
"We used this hour to talk about some upcoming projects that the student is working on, and brainstorm some ways to talk about them. The first project is the hackathon she's in charge of at work, which has two written components. The second is a statement or proposal about an art installation she's working on. The third is coming up with an artist's statement (or even an artist's pitch) that fully encapsulates the purpose of her work. Working on these things will lay the groundwork for the writing she'll do for graduate school applications in the fall/winter. For next time, she is going to take some of the brainstorming we did and work on her artist's statement. I'm also going to send her writing prompts that help develop her pitch, and even work on some catchphrases. The goal is to encourage writing every day."