Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"She and I finished her first reaction paper for the week. We examined the format her professor sent her and emulated it. We discussed a paper she has for another class and that she wants some help with, too."
"The student and I reviewed Introductory paragraphs and Body paragraphs. Then we looked at the Conclusion. She came prepared with a thoughtful outline ready, and we talked through some things in order to add ideas. In general, the student is getting very quick at self-correcting. The student and I did grammar - appositives and possessive nouns - to review for a test Monday."
"The student found two great sources, but he still needs to develop his position and find the information that most matters to him. For right now he needs to read a little more intensively. By next session he needs to have the basic material he needs and a general focus for his research essay."
"The student had read the "Letter from Birmingham Jail," by Martin Luther King, Jr. for this session. We started by reading the "Call for Unity" from six clergymen that initiated King's letter. We identified the points in the clergymen's call and then talked about how King addressed each in a well reasoned argument. We looked at the paragraph that the student had written. I asked her to work on it again, concentrating on MLK's main points. We then went over William Blake's "The Tyger," that she is working on memorizing. Also, she is going to watch the debate by James Baldwin and William Buckley, Jr. from 1965."
"Today the student and I went over the draft of her second portfolio assignment getting it ready for a peer review workshop on Friday. We discussed how the introduction needs to set up the paper with a meaningful and specific thesis statement, and then we discussed how to build the rest of the paper based on that statement. I also worked with the student on outlines for the remainder of the paper, instructing her on how to make a concept map for her ideas so that her papers are less stream-of-consciousness and more logical with stepwise motion. She was really happy with her outlines, and noticed as she wrote them that she ended up switching some components around in order. Knowing that she can do this before she starts writing, rather than trying to switch the order of things in the editing stage, seemed to put her a bit more at ease."
"I met with the students. The first student continued to develop her MEAL outline for paper on the Crusades. We continued to locate source materials and work it into her paper. I also discussed CONJUNCTIONS with her as a basic writing tool to discuss time and causation. The second student made revisions to her paper based on feedback I had given her. She went through her paper and made appropriate citations. I will work again with her on Thursday morning. She is using her new outline to create a new draft."