Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I met tonight with both students to continue working on the finishing touches for the first student's history essay. It is ready to be resubmitted tomorrow. I also spent some time reviewing the second student's essay for his writing course. Major changes and major improvements were evident in both papers."
"Helped the student prepare for a test on "To Kill a Mockingbird," which involved identifying characters, memorizing figurative terms, and generally demonstrating her understanding of the novel. She did very well."
"I proofread and helped the student revise an essay on education for her English class which had to draw on quotes from class readings. She is improving with her grammar. although we still have to keep an eye out for subject-verb agreement, switching from singular to plural, and tenses (i.e., when to use past and present correctly.) Work with organization and discussion of evidence is markedly improved also. She needs to mindful of run-on sentences that can come across as unclear, contradictory, or redundant. As we discussed a possible upcoming proficiency exam, I will be sending her some links to practice questions focused on writing. She is very motivated and hard working!"
"I gave each a sheet I had made up on how to answer the standard compare and contrast essay and discussed this with them. I also gave them a reading on religion in the New England, middle and southern colonies and asked them to write a compare and contrast essay using the structure I had given them. After discussing all of this, then I reviewed grammar with them from the grammar books I have. They each did a very thorough job on finding the errors in a number of sentences dealing with pronouns and the elimination of redundant words in sentence writing."
"The student and I narrowed down how to cite some resources after he starting using an appropriate software. We edited his latest version of his paper and came up with a persuasive argument as required in his writing assignment."
"We spent this session editing the student's documentary film questions. He is making a lot of progress with his writing. His responses were well organized and very detailed. We also made some edits to his Old Man and the Sea essay, based on his professor's feedback (we need to finish this next week). For the next session, he will draft the research paper introduction, conclusion, and works cited page."
"In this session, we began a deeper dive into descriptive writing. I had the students both draw a monster (and not show each other). They then wrote a description and read that description to each other. The other person had to then draw what they thought the monster looked like based on the words. It was a eye opening activity for them to see that they need to be more descriptive and more specific with certain adjectives. For the next session, we will dive deeper into types of adjective words and describing in more detail."
"Today was our first session together and we focused on reviewing an exploratory essay the student is currently working on. We first covered the basic structure of exploratory essays and then began reviewing her draft and comments from her professor. She had excellent ideas for her essay topic. She will continue working on her draft over the weekend and send me a revised version on Sunday night. Since her final essay is due next Wednesday, we have planned to meet again on Monday evening."
"Tonight was my first session with the student. I can tell that he understands the concepts well about what he is writing, but some aspects of his grammar could be slightly improved. He is a good writer and he is capable of using the language to express himself quite well."
"We covered the student's analytical paper on the Great Gatsby and Bill Gates. We worked on a detailed outline, thesis statement, introduction and conclusion, covered transitional devices, and the restated thesis statement. The student struggled most with the organization and expression of ideas, which the outline helped with. The student was open to ideas. Transitional Devices and the enhanced outline were the included strategies. I left him with the outline and with links to transitional devices. I noted progress in the student's organization of ideas. He had a more structured paper after working. His mother said I was a "great teacher" and said she overheard my advice to the student and it was great. This was nice to hear."
"We reviewed the opening section to a revision the student is doing to the James Baldwin essay she wrote last quarter. We also talked some about pulling quotes for her upcoming essay on race and economics in the 18th and 19th centuries."
"During this session, the student and I spent approximately the first twenty minutes reading through a book he selected in the children's section of the library and the last forty minutes on letter-writing practice. He read the book with a great deal of proficiency, demonstrating some of the best reading I've observed from him thus far. His letter writing has also improved markedly, with just a couple letters still needing a little practice. He was very cooperative throughout the session and needed almost no motivation to work with me for the whole hour. We will continue working on reading practice in subsequent sessions, during which I will try to start selecting increasingly difficult books for us to work on. His progress has been wonderful to observe, and both his reading and writing abilities shone this session."