Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We looked through the potential choices for his upcoming essay in English. Eventually he chose to write on the development of a character throughout the book to culminate in a point Hawthorne might be making about human behavior. We then discussed the essay's three main points. He looked for quotes and support of the three main points and drafted a potential introduction paragraph. Before next time, I asked that he email me a draft to edit. Then our next session he'll bring a more finalized version for us to further edit."
"To begin the session, we reviewed material from last week's session (independent clauses, subjects, & verbs). The student presented 8 sentences from the past week, identified subjects and verbs, and diagrammed the basic structure of the sentence. I could see development of his understanding through the exercise. From there, we began with an exercise to think about complex sentences (a sentence with a dependent clause), and then we defined what dependent clauses are. We practiced writing complex sentences, identifying the dependent and independent clauses contained within the sentence, including all of the constituent verbs and subjects. We then discussed modifiers in order to move diagramming forward. To end, we discussed the assignment for November 15th. He made progress in his understanding of sentence structure. We will need to work on understanding verb phrases in order to correctly identify the verbs in sentences, and we will further work on identifying prepositional phrases in order to help develop and understand meaning in sentences."
"On Saturday, I worked with the student on a persuasive essay about protecting the environment. She had to respond to an essay written by another person and critique that person's argument. I helped her work out a structure for her essay, and discussed various ways of addressing another person's argument, such as paying attention to terminology and identifying logical fallacies. I read a draft that she wrote and offered my suggestions."
"The student and I worked on an outline for her proposal essay. We also began writing it together. We were able to finish a rough draft of the introduction and context paragraphs. The student's homework was to finish gathering supporting information for her main points."
"The student has progressed quickly with his ELA multiple choice and writing skills, so I have started working with him on some 7th-grade material. We have been using online language resources, and we focused on articulating the grammar rules he is following while writing. He often gets the correct answer via intuition. He also read a newspaper article and summarized it in his virtual reading log. The student's English grade has improved."
"The student and I wrote 3 essays in preparation for his exam. One of these was a synthesis essay on the question of daylight savings time, one was an analysis essay focusing on a letter by Samuel Johnson, and one was a persuasive essay on the relationship of fear and safety. Overall, the student is good at bringing in evidence but we need to work on his prose and incorporating stronger vocabulary."