Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In my session with the student, we went through the essay that she had written for homework on the short story she's reading. She had made a good first attempt, with her main points clear. She had good organization. Where we worked together was the style; Her writing is simplistic and she works hard to get the "answer" to the prompt across. We went through each paragraph together, making lists of details she could add in, practiced phrasing some possible transition sentences, and went over some ideas for her intro/conclusion to broaden them beyond just sign-posting her paper/thesis. For homework she is re-writing the essay and incorporating our additions, as well as finishing reading the second half of her novel and jotting down a few brainstormed responses to some general questions about the themes."
"The student and I primarily spent our time on his essay. We edited his introductory paragraph together, talking about what he wanted to say in his essay. After that, we worked through an outline for the rest of his paper. I then directed him in some free writing exercises to write down any and all supporting passages or moments he remembered from the book, so that when he returns to the paper he has specific supporting examples in mind to build the rest of his paper. After that, he and I concentrated on graphing linear equations for the rest of our time."
"The student's school writing assignment involves making a social media page for her character so we looked at an actual page, so she could see how it is set up and how the different components work. We then looked for opportunities in the novel from which she could create posts and comments on the posts. We came up with five and her homework is to come up with five more and some opportunities for comments."
"In session, the student and I worked on verb tenses. He is great at using the correct verb tense. He caught on quickly. We then worked on another Hemingway short story and he wrote several paragraphs, including a summary, an argument about the purpose of the story, and a conclusion. He is already showing improvement in digging deeper and further analyzing stories and texts."
"I had the student write an introduction and thesis statement and then build upon it with supporting sentences. I found out what the student's interest is, in order to assist him better. The student likes comic books and plans to write one of his own, so we decided that he should keep a journal and write down information about characters. This is called "Power Writing." He can look at the images he has drawn and then simply write everything he possibly can about each image. For our hour sessions I have created a schedule. He will write as much as possible for about 20 mins, then we will have 15 mins of discussion, 15 mins of review, and 10 minutes to wrap up and give next assignment. I look forward to working with the student again."
"The student had a Social Studies essay due, so we spent our session organizing the essay while he wrote it. He has a good handle on thesis statements and how to write an essay. He had some spelling and grammar issues, but he picked them up right after typing them."
"The student and I worked on two college readiness writing and reading assignments. He did VERY well on both of them. Both pieces were very well written. I gave him a few suggestions when we worked on writing assignments last week and he took these suggestions into account this week."
"We worked on finishing her essay. Overall, it was strong. We then worked on two units of vocabulary, discussed the meanings of words, synonyms, antonyms and sentence usage."
"Today the student and I worked on his writhing assignment. He has to write a paper on an article he read in MLA format. He will have to finish it on his own over the weekend. He is also responsible for finishing his math homework for Monday as well."
"Student 1 and I worked more on his storytelling project together. He presented his short story in front of his family and recorded his presentation. We then wrote down observations about it and he submitted it to his teacher. Student 2 and I reviewed her math homework on long division."
"I helped him write a short essay for his reading log for the book The Maze Runners. I also gave him some extra practice reading comprehension exercises to work on. We worked on his ability to summarize passages and ideas which he needs help with but is showing improvement."
"We went over his homework for the book "Anthem" and his previous homework. He has really improved his writing but I would like him to now focus on analyzing what he has read. I think the student is doing a great job!"