Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We spent the majority of the session going over four different essay topics that the student needs to turn in this Monday. The students writing has greatly improved and we spent time discussing important themes and motifs in To Kill A Mockingbird. After discussing the quotations he is supposed to write a response to, he wrote his response and then I read over and gave him corrections and suggestions. The remainder of the session was spent reviewing questions about the chapters he has read since the last time we met."
"We went over his essay writing skills. He has strong analytical skills and easily develops a mature thesis. We did a practice intro, another timed 40 minute essay, and then another timed outline practice. He agreed to start writing a good outline to clearly map out his argument and strengthen his essay writing."
"The student and I continued work on the final draft of her research paper, implementing a number of the changes suggested by her teacher, and developing strategies for completing the rest of her teacher's suggested edits before our next session on Thursday."
"I spent an hour preparing for our session by reading the chapters of "A Tale of Two Cities" that he wanted to work on. We discussed chapter 23, book 2, and I helped him develop a tone paragraph for the chapter. I gave him an independent writing assignment: writing a haiku."
"Because the student has both an AP English Lit test and a Lit SAT subject test coming up, we worked on AP lit material, as both tests are fairly similar. He has fairly high accuracy; we simply went through his homework, talking about why he missed each question and about how to interpret the passages."
"First we went over what she had already done in preparing for the test, whether in class or with her other tutor. We discussed what she really wanted help with, which was the essay portion. We worked on the essays, focusing on the pre-writing and outlining process. I gave her tips and things to keep in mind while reading the prompt and formulating an outline, then had her practice this process. We then did a full timed essay and I gave her some comments afterward on her writing. I left her with multiple choice questions to do for our next session. Overall it went well, and I think I helped her to be able to attack any essay question with a clear approach that would work well."
"Student 1 and I worked on an extended narrative that she was assigned for class. We worked on a topic and began the first draft of the paper. We also worked on a literary critique of Romeo and Juliet, which she is reading for class. She is doing very well. Student 2 - We worked on studying biology and evolution. He has a benchmark test in the subject and wanted to review his study materials. He seemed to have a good grasp of the material and I left him with some topics and questions to review."
"I met with the student and helped her with American literature, advanced placement. She was having some difficulty understanding and analyzing poetry from the puritanical era. We analyzed the poems of Anne Bradstreet and talked about how they reflected her life. We also discussed the use of hyperbole, paradox, imagery, extended metaphor, and Puritan values and beliefs."
"The student and I had a great first session. We reviewed an essay that she'd receive a 4 out of 9 on and talked about ways to improve her development of her thoughts. I showed her mind mapping and we spoke of rhetorical reading skills. I emailed Rhetorical Reading Strategies and we will use that for the next couple of weeks, as well as talk about rhetorical reading poetry. She felt much more confident at the end of our session."
"We reviewed and practiced the student's vocabulary and meanings for tomorrow's test. We did several written and verbal exercises. She was confident by the end of the session. We also prepped her for her essay."
"We used this session to quiz on rhetorical devices for her exam on Friday. She scored between 85 - 100% on the quizzes. For each one she scored below 95, I had her take it a second time. Usually she was able to score 100 on the second try. I asked her to keep doing these all week in preparation for the exam."
"The student had a portfolio assignment, which involved reading an essay, answering a set of questions, and writing a response paper. We covered the questions and began formulating a possible thesis for her essay."