Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Reviewed open ended responses (2), essays (2); In class: write (2) essays; Homework: complete open ended and reading comp, essay, review notes."
"For this shorter one hour session, we started with a brief look at the tag-lines the student had written about herself. This segued pretty neatly into the focus of the session, which was an application essay for a summer design program. The essay should be 300 words, so we worked on expressing complex ideas in a limited amount of space. We worked a little bit on structure as well as style, trying to vary sentence length and making sure that word choices were engaging and interesting. For next week, she would like to work a little bit on grammar as well as on an artist's statement. She is trying to write a little bit every day. I'll email her a few prompts which she can use if she wants."
"We are still working on Fragments and Run-ons. For this session, we did more work with some higher-level worksheets. The student got down from missing three or four on each worksheet, to only missing one or none at all. After going over worksheets, we turned back to his movie review. He did not do as well revising on his own, so we broke the essay down into numbered sentences, which he worked through one at a time. For homework, he needs to finish those revisions, write another short review, and read the comma and semicolon chapters in "Eats, Shoots, and Leaves." I also discovered that black text on white backgrounds, especially with computers, hurts his eyes and makes it difficult for him to look at the essay and do the revisions. I have worked with other students with similar symptoms, and I believe he may have Irlen Syndrome, which basically means the brain does not process all colors of light correctly. This is easy to address, with a diagnosis from a professional and colored reading overlays (clear, plastic sheets). Dark blue seems to work well for the student, so we changed the document on his computer to blue instead of white."
"The student and I worked through 90 ACT grammar questions, with an emphasis on sentence structure, inclusion/exclusion of sentences from paragraphs, and ordering of sentences. Her grasp of noun/verb agreement and verb tenses is improving. We will continue focusing on grammar next week."
"The student and I worked through a writing prompt today. We spent a lot of time at the beginning brainstorming how to answer the question. He then used these ideas to organize a five-paragraph essay about how he is looking forward to improving his running times."
"I edited the student's paper for 2 hours, and we had a 15 minute phone call to discuss my progress so far. He seems very happy with the edits that I have provided, so I was glad to hear that I was on the right track."