Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student worked on a History: defining the characteristics of Stephen F. Austin in order to create/picture him as an animal. We read and researched his background to come up with a list of characteristics and brainstormed animals who might have these same characteristics. I also sent him a homework assignment: to create a detailed outline for an argument essay to be completed for our next meeting. The student is smart and facile, and his vocabulary and knowledge is quite impressive."
"We went over the student's essay in much more detail. I color-coded suggestions for rewriting sections of his essay, and explained several ways that various phrasings could be rephrased. Specifically, I encouraged the student to look for places where his arguments were insufficiently precise, unnecessarily verbose, redundant, out of place, or weak. I elaborated on his "weak" arguments by clarifying that in some cases, he contradicted himself, and in other cases, his argument was more supportive of the opposing position than his own position. I also attempted to guide him toward identifying the general subjects of the paragraphs he wrote, so that he could form introductory sentences and a thesis statement on the basis of those subjects. I tried to carefully draw his attention to the way his various arguments related to the general theme of each paragraph so that he will be able to better identify the proper location of arguments in the future. I found that I needed to suggest quite a bit of language for the student, as he is not very comfortable rewording his thoughts. Again, I suggest he spend a lot more time reading outside of class, with a particular emphasis on nonfiction. I asked the student to attempt to incorporate my suggestions and send me an updated version of his essay by Wednesday, so that we can be ready to work from there during our next session."
"We reviewed a draft of an essay due later this week and looked at some trickier passages in the essays by Baldwin and Rodriguez."
"I have a set routine with the student; we do a kinesthetic exercise, and then we review long and short vowels and blend words. Today, we added on exercises that teach her how to segment words and how to hear the syllables in the words. She is really progressing now and moving ahead with her reading. We did some reading, and she has improved. She is a hard worker and is learning fast. I left her with a card to review during the week on how to sound out words and segment words ending in 'le.'"
"We watched two videos that explained what a theme is and how to find it. The student took good notes and I noticed an improvement when we read short stories and she wrote sentence describing the theme of them. We finished with a quick math review."
"The student had difficulty in organizing his essay. We worked on outlining to organize his ideas. He is going to do some research to fully develop his main ideas. He is also going to work on his introduction and conclusion before we meet again."