Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student ordered a sample test. We worked on part of the writing section. We read two passages and then compared them. We analyzed a pie chart and connected it to the stories. We practiced how to begin when writing. She is going to practice the reading comprehension part of the test. I left her a writer's checklist to help her."
"Worked with the student on preparing for the writing module of the test. We went through a practice test question by question. The student did quite well, and we worked on recognizing/understanding writing terms (like "squinting modifier" or "compound subject"). She was able to figure them out."
"At last night's session, the student and I covered the following: - discussed grade on writing portion of her Sociology exam. - prepared draft response to essay re: racial and cultural biases - discussed assignments due for the remainder of the semester."
"We covered the basic construction of all independent clauses (complete sentences), which includes two elements - a verb and its subject. We discussed the meaning of all of these elements, and looked at identifying these words within both independent and dependent clauses. We discussed how to break down sentences into their most basic meaning and diagram this. It is clear that while the student has not had a strong background in grammar, he grasps it clearly and will benefit by stronger grammatical understanding. I asked him to examine his writing over the next week (approximately 5-8 sentences for assignments in any class) for the basic elements of independent clauses, identifying the verb and its subject, eliminating prepositional phrases and modifiers, and diagramming the basic sentence. By doing this, he should be able to answer the question, "Is this a complete sentence?""
"The student and I worked further on her Greek mythology project. I reviewed the god and goddess descriptions she wrote up this week, and the student edited them to fit the required word count. We planned a schedule for the week to put her on track so we can finalize the project next weekend so it will be ready to turn in on November 6th."
"We went over half of Zinn's chapter 2. The student put it into perspective by relating different aspects to young adult novels she has read that often deal with troubling subjects. For next week, the student should finish chapter 2 and write an essay on this insight of Zinn's. We also talked about Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle whom she is studying in social studies class."
"We went over the student's outline for his research essay and then discussed his assigned reading. He is reading Sartre, Camus's Stranger and Aichinger. We went over psychoanalysis, surrealism, and existentialism. Our next meeting will be November 8th."
"The student provided me with a brief overview of the writing assignment, the rubric, and the expectations from her professor. I was able to see a sample exemplary paper and reviewed a paper that she had previously written with the professor's feedback. Another draft of her writing assignment was due the next day, so we worked on the structure, grammar, and analysis components of the paper. The next session is focused on the individual writing assignment and the student is expected to have her initial paragraph written for review and discussion."
"The student and I had another great session today. I am giving her a lot of information, as any editing is pretty labor intensive, but she's taking to it well. We finished working on the essay we started editing last week and then worked through her second pre-prepared essay. For next week, I've asked her to prepare a new, five-paragraph essay, focusing on relating on all of her body paragraphs to supporting her thesis. Looking forward to seeing her next week!"
"I covered subject/verb agreement, keeping verbs in the same tense, and making sure that the student reads aloud her work in effort to catch small, unnecessary errors."
"The student and I went over his second cause-and-effect essay in our session yesterday. We needed to work on his introduction content and the body content of his essay before working together to write his conclusion. We also worked on the "flow" of the essay and made sure that the conclusion content came full circle to the main ideas in the rest of the essay. If he does not have an assigned essay next week, he will contact me for an essay prompt for us to work on next Sunday."
"The student and I reviewed her class syllabus, and specifically discussed the essay assignment due November 3rd. She has little to no experience with an academic style of writing for psychology, so she needs help organizing her thoughts and structuring her work in a way that is empirically based. I started off by having her tell me the main idea she wants to get across in her essay. I then went on to explain how she can look for credible sources that serve as evidence to back up her idea (e.g. Google Scholar). We discussed how to review abstracts for relevance, as well as how the opening of an academic opinion article should sound. I instructed her to compile a list of credible sources she'd like to use as evidence in her paper, and bring the list to her next session."