Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student was focused and on point today! He maintained good attention throughout. He completed his assignment prior to the lesson, and he bore with me as I walked him through the specifics. Aside from continued "productivity" work, we also spent a good chunk of time fine-tuning the essay the student had begun on our first lesson together. First, we reviewed the body of the piece, and then he wrote a conclusion paragraph that summed up his points concisely. We ended the lesson by retuning his introduction, which had served a good purpose at the beginning but no longer reflected the content of his work. Next lesson, we will focus almost solely on colloquialisms and the use of the first person in formal writing. We touched upon colloquial speech vs. written speech today, but for the next few weeks, we will dive headlong into the difference in register and how the student can recognize what constitutes formal language."
"I've been having the student write paragraphs during our sessions, but since she'll be entering high school next year, I wanted her to try to lengthen and expand upon her ides more. This session, I gave her a starting topic that I had her continue to elaborate on and improve. She did quite well in this exercise and is always willing to take direction and do the work. I also went through a couple of grammar points with her, particularly regarding punctuation. When she was writing, I started highlighting problem areas and letting her fix them herself without direction, and she generally did so correctly. She is incorporating quotations into her writing with the correct punctuation, which is an improvement from our last few sessions."
"The student and I continued to correct an essay she wrote for me about her daily routine during this session. I also corrected her reading-and-answer-questions homework for her, she did very well on it. She also started to write an essay for next week about different steps when learning how to ice skate, so that we can practice transition words, sentence structure, paragraph formation, etc."