Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The first student and I discussed her essay and the feedback she received from her teacher. We discussed how to make revisions while keeping as much work as possible. She was able to organize her thoughts and asked questions about the differences between certain terms like editing and revision. We discussed how to transition between paragraphs and how to restate a thesis in a different way. I also gave suggestions on how to avoid using second person in an essay. Finally, we discussed "to be" verbs and the advantages of cutting them out whenever possible. The second student and I focused on approaching a prompt in a more interesting way. Instead of just stating the facts, I encouraged him to use descriptive words and to help the reader feel the emotions he was trying to describe. The second response to the same initial prompt was exponentially better! I also reminded him to not use pronouns until he has already named a subject. I think he needs to work on reading out loud, however. I would encourage more practice in that area. Both children were engaged and asked questions."
"The session began with the student constructing a paragraph about an influential character in the student's life. The student selected the mother. He then wrote a 1 paragraph response for clarification. The student was also given vocabulary words in random order. The student then replied to the tutor's questions. The student and tutor covered the 20 words three times. The first run-through on the vocabulary list, the students missed 3 vocabulary words. By the third time reviewing the list, the student only missed 1 word. The student then began to close read his assigned novel (Rocket Boys). The student asked questions for clarification, and the tutor clarified."
"The student and I had a very positive session today, beginning to write a paper for her geography class on solar energy. She did some solid research, but we worked particularly on her writing style, her introductions, and her use of proof. We'll continue, and hopefully finish, the paper next time we meet."