Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The first student finished telling the story she had started based on a prompt two weeks ago. We talked about some minor grammatical errors she had made. I then introduced the topic of clauses to her. We have been talking about how to identify fragments, run-ons, and complete sentences, so this week we added in one more component. The second student is doing a much better job giving more detail in his writing. This week, we went over a paper he had written based on a prompt I gave him last week. He did a nice job giving both facts and expanding for more detail. We then did more practice on writing an in-depth piece as this will help it become second nature for him."
"The student and I went over chapter 29-40 in Sense and Sensibility. We went over particularly hard-to-understand sections, such as when Colonel Brandon explains to Elinor about his past. We talked about how Austen is an ace at showing not only how her characters are conscious of each other and how the other is conscious of the first, but also about how communication fails. Then, we went over her essay on Marianne and how her complete identification with her emotions causes herself and her loved ones problems. The student and I went over her essay step by step. She had a good overall structure, and I gave her suggestions on how she could make it even better. She failed to mention the author's full name in the intro, did not explain her thesis deeply enough, and then really missed a whole paragraph she should have added. As a result, her conclusion was a bit anemic. For next week, she is going to develop her thoughts better, add the third paragraph, and expand the conclusion."
"The student worked on an outline for a paper for the entire session. We worked on adding details to the arguments and also on structuring the arguments of the paper. Specifically, we discussed the merits of adding an additional argument versus incorporating those points into the other arguments. The student's outline is looking very good and she is well on her way to writing an excellent paper."