Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We continued working on revisions for the student's article to be submitted for publication in Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, a professional magazine."
"Student A qualified for the National Junior Honor Society, and to complete the process, he has to submit an essay indicating how he meets the qualifications of character, leadership, citizenship, and service. So he started that essay. The first thing he did was write down traits for each qualification that defined him. For example, he wrote 'determined' and 'kind' for character. Next, I helped him find some examples for each of his traits. For kind, he wrote that at one time there was a new student in his class, and he took time before class to introduce himself and talk with this student. He started his rough draft of this essay, and he plans to continue working on it, if not finish it, next Saturday when I'm there. He also has a short story that he needs to complete for me by next Saturday. Student B and I discussed our lesson from last week, using vivid language. Then we discussed writing for a certain audience and writing with a purpose. So, he will be writing a letter to President Obama (audience) to discuss some ideas he has (purpose). There are four things he would like to immediately change in our society: upgrade cafeteria food, upgrade public restrooms, have a national holiday for kids, and lower the price of gas. With this assignment, he and I have been discussing how to outline and organize his paragraphs and sentences. He started the letter, and we hope to finish it by next Saturday."
"On our first lesson after a week long hiatus, the student arrived early, prepared and on point! He had his vocab cards with him, which we will work with further next time we meet. He and I selected a set of 28 (2 week's worth), and I asked him to learn the definitions for four of them before our next meeting. We then dove headlong into pronouns and usage. It was a whirlwind, and he really showed good comprehension. We also talked about noun cases (subject, object, etc.), and we did a pronoun replacement exercise using passages from the New York Times. He did bring to my attention an upcoming English project, the outline for which he will get back soon. He and I will take a look at it together next time we meet, and we will apply the pronoun usage material (as well as the formal style skills he has added to his repertoire)."