Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Now that we have gone over all the material from unit 3 in art history, the student and I started working on her summary of the unit. I first asked her what she thought were the most important big issues of the Renaissance, and while she talked, I wrote down bullet points. Then we culled these ideas down to just the five or so most important topics and looked for specific artists or artworks that would illustrate those points. Then I helped her reformulate the list into full sentences in a cohesive paragraph. Once this was completed, we started on the next subject in her psychology class: personality disorders. We discussed Cluster A personality disorders, which include schizoid, and paranoid personality disorders, and outlined an overview of the Cluster B disorders."
"We started with a brief look at the tag-lines the student had written about herself. This segued pretty neatly into the focus of the session, which was an application essay for a summer design program. The essay should be 300 words, so we were again working on expressing complex ideas in a limited amount of space. We worked a little bit on structure as well as style, trying to vary sentence length and making sure that our word choices were engaging and interesting. For next week, she would like to work a little bit on grammar as well as on an artist's statement. She is trying to write a little bit every day and uses a very cool app that tracks her writing. I'll email her a few prompts which she can use if she wants."
"During today's session, the student and I worked on cleaning up his grammar and word choice. To begin with, I had him attempt to identify awkward phrasing and incorrect word choice within an essay that I assigned from our last session. Next, I reviewed his edits, and we discussed the areas where he had failed to identify errors. After this, we discussed strategies he could use to more reliably edit his writing in the future. We also used some of our time to look at the report he will be submitting. Overall, the session was highly productive."
"In our session, the student drafted the body paragraphs of his English paper on the unreliable narrator in Slaughterhouse-Five. First, I directed him to perform close readings of the quotes he selected to support each of his three points and then use explanations of these quotes to flesh out his body paragraphs. I also directed him to structure each body paragraph so that his transitions from concluding to topic sentences were logical and strong. He also worked on improving his quote integration. In this session, I noticed how much progress he has made in structuring his writing and performing sound literary analysis."
"The student and I picked up where we left off. We finished the reading comprehension booklet and she continues to do well with her reading. We started working on her writing workbook. She's finished all the upper and lower case letters, so we are practicing writing words. She made incredible progress today. She is taking her time and concentrating better. When she does, her writing is excellent. I am very proud of her amazing progress and hard work!"
"We reviewed the student's assignments in English 3. We created an outline for his research paper, which is due in April. We also created a rough draft of a short story he will turn in this week for extra credit. I may assign additional brief assessments and enrichment activities as needed."