Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I discussed composing the final draft of her review and analysis of the play "This" for her theater class. She developed her critique into a discussion of how the elements of scene and costume appeared designed to work with the play's theme versus how they actually fared in production, and the final paper was completed before our session ended. We also reviewed the participation quiz and section activity for her linguistics course, along with the unit quiz for her architecture art history course."
"The student and I reviewed 11 pages of grammar dealing with nouns from a special grammar book, which included multiple worksheets and quizzes. With 30 minutes remaining, I critiqued a lengthy paragraph he wrote, which included all 4 types of sentences (declarative, interrogative, exclamatory and imperative)."
"In this session, he showed me what he had completed of his paper. It has started to take shape quite well. I went through his work, made the necessary changes, advised him how to handle similar projects and tackle the rest of the paper. We bounced ideas off each other, and I also gave him ideas as to how the entire packet of the paper will be. Presentation for papers such as these is very important. So far, we are heading in the right direction."
"The student and I spent this tutoring session reviewing one of his writing assignments. Within his writing, we worked on the following grammatical issues: verb usage and tense (when to use past v. present tense) and article usage (a/an/the). We also worked on adjusting the clarity of his writing and perfecting his punctuation. He was a pleasure to work with; he consistently responded well to my advice and came up with solutions on his own when prompted."
"We spent the session playing an educational game. I believe the student is progressing with the game, as he realizes he can take his affinity for puzzles and apply that to learning letters and words."
"Today we worked on the thesis statement and outline for the student's essay. We continued polishing the thesis statement by working on adding a little bit more detail to it. She had received a grade of 95 for the thesis, the only teacher comment being that it could use some more detail. Although 95 is certainly more than a passable grade, the student wanted to work on the thesis a little more to make it that much better, and I think she has a very good understanding now of how to construct one. Then, we worked on the outline for the essay, talking about how to organize and structure the outline, and what information was pertinent and what was not. We also talked about narrowing the focus of the essay and how to decide what information to include in it. In working on the outline, we talked about how to plan an introduction, each argument, and a conclusion for an essay, focusing on what information is needed for each and how they should be structured."
"The student and I worked on preparing for a presentation he will give to the class on a book he just read. He is going to do a diorama, and has to give an oral presentation, so we worked on outlining the oral presentation."
"The student and I went over the paper she wrote for school on Treasure Island. She had already handed it in. We are going to continue looking at it, especially concentrating on the introduction. Then, we went over chapters 24-29 in Sense and Sensibility. For next week, she is to write an essay on Marianne in Sense and Sensibility, on her tendency to overindulge in emotions. She is also to read chapters 30-40."
"The student has an essay coming up on the way debt changes relationships in either The Tempest or The Merchant of Venice. We focused in on Merchant and looked closely at a few scenes with this question in mind."
"We worked more on writing and identifying letters. We played interactive games to help the student understand the sounds letters make, how to match uppercase and lowercase letters, and the alphabet. We worked on writing uppercase and lowercase Js and Ks. Varying the exercises helped keep him engaged."
"The first student and I went over the paper she wrote based on a prompt and discussed how to identify run-ons, fragments, and incomplete sentences. With the second student, we talked about a paper he had written based on a prompt. We went over how to give more details in body paragraphs and how to provide a complete picture of the topic."
"This week we covered an assignment of six questions for her play analysis class, and revised her paper for her multicultural drama class. She was not struggling with the material very much this week, but was struggling a little bit to organize her thoughts. This week she reported that she got her grade back from her first paper, and though she didn't have the paper with her, she said she was very happy with her grade. There were no major concerns from this session, although it is important for her to continue to keep up with her reading."