Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"She demonstrated in her homework essay for today that she is getting a good grasp of essay structure. Her introductions and conclusions are strong, and her paragraphs have a nice flow. I went over brainstorming with her, since she told me she has not been brainstorming for her essays, instead just jumping into the topic. I pointed out that this brainstorming phase is extremely important, will help her flesh out her ideas, and even, paradoxically, save time, during a timed-test situation."
"For this session, I had the student do a couple of paragraph corrections, which he did perfectly. From there, we revised the essay he wrote this week. The essay was rougher at the outset than last week's, but he did much more revising on his own. This essay only took us about 40 minutes to revise, opposed to an hour last week, and two sessions two weeks ago. He is recognizing fragments and run-ons consistently now and he is much better at putting in the commas and periods. Overall, he says he feels much better about periods and commas, and he can tell the difference when he is composing! For homework, he needs to read 30-40 page and write a 5 paragraph essay."
"With the exam coming up next week, the student and I reviewed some concepts that will be on the test. We went over different math problems from a practice packet he was given in school and I gave extra help and practice where he needed it. I also gave him a writing prompt on expository writing because that could be on the test."
"She was assigned an essay for a final project in her music appreciation class. We worked to draft an essay that met all of the requirements of the assignment. After reviewing the draft she had been working on, specific recommendations were made for strengthening transitions, her introduction and conclusion, as well as continuing grammar essays such as comma splices and verb tense. She has signed up for an English class for the Summer I session at the college and plans to ask for my help as needed with that course."
"To improve his written communication skills, the student decided he would start writing summaries of films he's seen or books he's read; we'll go over the summaries in our sessions. Today he showed me a summary he had written of Woody Allen's recent film "Blue Jasmine." I read it and corrected the errors, then we discussed the main issues. Overall, he did a really nice job with the summary. After reviewing the essay, the student and I talked about the story we had read for the session, "The Girl Who Left Her Sock on the Floor," by Deborah Eisenberg. I was happy to see that he had fewer questions about language and was able to mostly engage with the content and thematic concerns. This improvement is definitely part of a trend; I think he's made a lot of progress."
"We discussed organization and structure issues for papers and reviewed some old assignments he had already written."