Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student once again reported at the start of the session that he had scored more 100% grades on assessments in math and science. In this session, we covered use of transition words, and comma/capitalization rules by editing and revising two separate papers for 2 separate classes. The session ended before we got a chance to make everything completely perfect, but I left with only the direction that he could add to the essays and gave him notes on how. The session had no lasting concerns."
"Began to work on SAT-style essays again, as we've not covered those in some time. Literary analysis will return this week, but I want to get him thinking more in terms of writing and less in terms of subject matter."
"I worked with the student to revise and edit her current letter to an author for one of her courses. We worked primarily on revising for correct subject-verb agreement and word usage. In addition, I began teaching her how to correctly use APA formatting for citations."
"The student showed real improvement this week in her essay writing. I went through her notebook of essays from the beginning of our time together up until now, and while there are ups and down from week to week, I can see her growing mastery of essay structure. Her essay this week was both original and compelling, with a good command of grammar and vocabulary. She showed that she can make marked improvement to the quality of her prose if she takes the time to revise. For homework, I asked her to flesh out the examples of this week's essay and choose one of two prompts to write an essay for next week."
"Today the student showed me the notes she had taken from her books since Saturday. She used these quotes to further our ideas about the similarities and differences in the two sources' arguments and to eventually construct a rudimentary thesis. We developed a chart of similarities and differences between the two sources and then reduced these to just a few bullet points that she can shape into a thesis. Towards session's end, we brainstormed concepts around which the student could construct her individual body paragraphs. We lastly thought of a model for her introductory paragraph that will incorporate an introduction to the sources and a thesis composed of similarities and differences between the two sources. She copied down the model and will replace its generalizations with information relevant to the works at hand. We decided that she will try to complete most of her essay by Wednesday, so that she can spend our final session reviewing, rethinking, and editing."
"The student and I first discussed her special essay. She had reviewed my suggestions from our last session, and revised her essay. After sending me a copy, she read it out loud to me as I followed along. I responded with some last minute changes that I thought she could make based on grammar and structure, and she decided on what she wanted to change. She then asked for help with starting a bibliography. I suggested she use the MLA format for her resources and went over the first book with her. We then proceeded to review specific sections from her workbook for the entrance exam that she will take within the next months for a private school. She did not appear at all challenged with the practice questions, and I suggested that she complete the next set of questions in the verbal reasoning and writing mechanics section for additional practice."