Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This afternoon, the student and I worked on marking up a complete work and using those markings as a guide for essay outlining. This piece is only three pages long. When outlining an answer to the prompt (concerning internal struggle) I gave him, he responded by outlining a piece concerning the relationship between the sisters in the piece. The work is almost exclusively an internal struggle, so I questioned why he did not focus on that. It turns out that he didn't understand what was happening, which is why he didn't mark it up. We talked through the historical context of the piece, and I then walked him through the "action" on the second page, using part question/part Socratic method. Now that he better understands the internal struggle, his homework is to re-mark the piece in a different color and re-outline the prompt."
"We wrapped up her research essay and moved on to the two great speeches section. Student was struggling most with coming up with a topic to write a speech about, but in the end I think she decided to do it on public education. For next time we are going to work on fleshing out her speech and organizing thoughts."
"I worked with the student on the final draft of her research paper. We worked on some editing and tweaking the thesis to accurately describe the purpose of the paper. We also worked on an assigned essay for her class. We gathered some research material and developed some ideas."
"This session we covered more household vocabulary, specifically the kitchen, bathroom, living areas, and bedrooms. We also covered the body. We played vocabulary bingo. We also placed sticky notes with the vocab on objects throughout the house. Student was struggling with "R" and "L" sounds. Student did make good progress and did not let her frustration get to her. I recorded my voice for the student to listen to and left her instructions to record herself practicing the words."
"For this session, we worked on the student's paper on Angela's Ashes. We focused on finishing the text. She has all except the conclusion done at this point. We added the historical portions and the introduction today. We will meet again tomorrow to finish and edit."
"We edited the student's history paper for style (second revision - worked on this last session as well). We then looked over in-class assignment. We discussed outlining and prewriting strategies at length, with a view toward planning the writing to be as specific as possible and focused on the final conclusion. We decided on biweekly meetings during break (Tuesdays and Saturdays). His first assignment on "The Scarlet Letter" is coming up, with a detailed outline for a paper in two versions: one timed at 10 minutes as practice for in-class assignments, one without time limitations as practice for homework assignments. It will be followed up with timed and unlimited full papers."