Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student wrote a marvelously inventive short story for his assignment. I was very pleased to see an increasingly varied sentence structure - very active imagination and vivid writing - that I'd asked him to be mindful of when writing the story. He varied the way he began paragraphs as well as how sentences within each paragraph were structured (the grammar exercises we'd been working on the previous week had to do with beginning a sentence with an adjective or an adjectival phrase). This session, I asked him to correct the errors himself (with some assistance from me). When he reads his writing aloud, I can tell that he "hears" things that are off, incorrect, or improperly punctuated. And I spoke with him about the value of reading one's writing aloud to oneself for that very reason. For the following session, I asked him to begin working on the next part of the grammar exercises - adjectives occurring at the end of the sentence - and we also had a productive discussion about subordinate clauses."
"The student reported his end-of-year grades: an "A" in every subject except Language Arts, in which he earned a "B." We read nearly five chapters of Gary Paulsen's "Mr. Tucket." I introduced him to the word game Doublets."
"This week we worked on the student's proposal for a long paper. I reviewed his seven page precis on Sun Tzu's "Art of War." In this part of the week, we fine-tuned his focus so that he would cover the right mix of war strategists. During this review, I noticed that his writing has improved. His paragraphs are more focused. There were good instances of conclusive thinking, forecasting, and transition. There was a paragraph that needed further analysis, and I made recommendations about taking it apart."