Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we discussed the structure of the student's course, her past writing experience, and strategies for the future. We took a look at the syllabus and discussed some possible course themes to look out for in the readings and in lectures. We talked about how her writing has fared in the past, and I read an essay she wrote last year to get a grip on the strengths and weaknesses of her writing. We talked about organizing her notes from readings to make future outlining easier. We also discussed how to identify key phrases and paragraphs in her readings. Though the session was largely preliminary, as the semester has barely started and no writing has been assigned yet, I felt that the session went very well. We set up a cursory schedule for future sessions and began to lay the groundwork for good reading and writing habits in the future. I look forward to working together again once the first essay for the course is assigned."
"The student needed help with a short paper she wrote, "The History of Mentoring." We spent the session making corrections (mainly grammatical) and discussing ways she can improve her style. She was extremely easy to work with, engaged and receptive to criticism. She appears eager to improve her writing."
"Today the student reviewed, discussed, and rewrote parts of a paragraph he had written as homework. It was to use sensory words in sentences describing a hike along the Chattahoochee River in Georgia. Only a few changes were made and, to date, it was his best piece of writing. Every sentence in the paragraph modified the topic sentence, and he had a nice combination of declarative and exclamatory sentences. After going over his writing, we worked on grammar (usage and understanding of verbs)."
"The student and I worked on studying for his exams. He needed help with sentence mechanics as well as his grammar rules for titles. We also spent most of the time working on reviewing "To Kill a Mockingbird." His test is going to be multiple-choice, but we started with short answer practice questions to really dig deeper into his comprehension. We then worked on reviewing evidence in the text as well as some multiple-choice questions. He was motivated but struggled to think deeply about the text without rushing. We will continue to work on this next session. He was left with a packet of review of the book to practice before his text on Monday."
"With Student 1, I went over a piece of writing that she did about a nightmare. She really did well with the organization this time, so we worked on putting in some more details. We also talked about dashes and colons. With Student 2, I continued editing a couple of pieces that we had already worked on. His teacher had given him some feedback on both, and we worked on making his arguments better."
"Today the student and I did a writing exercise that she really loves to do. It helps her identify and brainstorm differences between hook, topic sentence, body paragraph topic sentences, and conclusion paragraph. She is doing so much better with all of these things!"