Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on her essay she is required to write for her new school. We addressed forming more complex essays. She is showing great improvement."
"In our session, I edited the student's first draft of his paper. His draft was poorly structured and lacked clarity, so we spent the session reworking both his ideas and the structure of the paper. I directed him to revisit the secondary sources and the prompt. After reworking his first paragraph and reviewing the secondary sources, he was able to develop three well-structured body paragraphs that express ideas in a logical progression and answer both questions posed by the prompt. The secondary sources for this paper were challenging for him to work with, but he persevered even when we had to rework his draft. I also encouraged him to create an outline for his revised draft. Outlines enable writers to see their ideas and structure at a glance and help ensure that the writer doesn't stray from that structure when fleshing out their ideas."
"Today, we worked on organizing research for a Social Studies project the student has. She needs to write about Thomas Jefferson. She told me her teacher asked her to find information about his early life, so I showed her how to conduct research online. We went through a few sources together and wrote down a few main points about his childhood. I then helped her organize these points in a chronological manner and condense them. She ended with one full page of organized notes outlining Thomas Jefferson's early life. She was respectful and worked well during our session. We will be working more on her research project in future sessions."
"For this session, the student worked on a school assignment. He read and jotted down notes about George Washington. For our next session, I plan to continue pushing him to try and independently decode errors on his own while reading."
"Today the student and I went over an old math test in preparation for his final. We discussed 30-60-90 triangles, finding the areas of sectors, among other geometry topics. He's good at the math, but sometimes depends too heavily on doing it in his head or on the calculator without writing things out. This can lead to minor mistakes. He also has to memorize the formulas and make sure that he doesn't mix up the 30/60 angles when sketching his triangles."
"In the absence of other homework, I helped the student continue to develop his social studies presentation. We completed the section on the Kansas-Nebraska Act and finished the note-taking on the Missouri Compromise, which the student just needs to use to make bullet points (which we discussed how to do). This only leaves the section on the Compromise of 1850 and the conclusion. He plans to finish his PowerPoint over the weekend so that we can practice it together next Wednesday before he presents in class on Thursday."