Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student worked on his essay for the assessment exam today. He had a rough draft that he worked on revising in class. He used these revisions to write the final draft and even came up with a better third paragraph than what was in the rough draft."
"We focused on a rhetorical analysis essay in which we analyzed a letter from Abigail Adams to her son, emphasizing in particular the roles that enumeration and historical allusion play in exhorting her son to virtue. We then considered a paper that the student had written on gender and culture, along with his teacher's comments, in order to get a better sense of where he needed to improve and make adjustments in his writing style and content."
"We went over writing; the student is smart as a whip, motivated, and focused. We went over how writing short responses in the ELA requires some logic and organization, similar to math, which seems to be a strong point for him. We will continue to work on writing next time: how to make an outline, and how to turn an idea into a sentence or paragraph."
"In this first session, the student and I evaluated his reading and writing capabilities. He has an excellent grasp on grammar and basic sentence structure. The area that he needs the most improvement on is developing good reading and writing strategies. I encouraged him to read for at least 10 minutes every night. While he is reading, he will take notes on details of the stories. After he is finished reading, he will evaluate how he might organize what he read into a cohesive summary. I gave him a few passages for him to practice pulling information from."
"The student and I reviewed what she had written for her paper due on Monday and made edits. We discussed the two passages that she is analyzing and found some good quotations from them that she can cite. After that, we outlined the paper and refined her thesis. She is going to try to finish the draft of her paper by Friday or Saturday so she can send it to me for editing before it is due on Monday."
"The student has two writing projects for her Culture and Health course as part of her Ph.D. program in Nursing. Both require strict use of APA style. We spent most of the session creating a Word file that specifies elements of APA formatting, including numbering, title, body text, and references. She was able to complete the basic formatting for her short synthesis paper. We went on to address the text of the short paper, organizing the argument and preparing for a first draft. She is going to complete the draft before Monday for review in preparation for our meeting on Wednesday."