Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We talked through ideas for her upcoming paper. We discussed her ideas and did some initial research into some related organizations. We diagrammed similarities and differences between them."
"The student completed his writing assignment on the novel he read today. We went over it together, wrote an outline, and he rewrote it. We went over his new piece together. The outline does make a difference in the organization of his writing. His new assignment is to contrast and compare the perspectives of the two main characters from a passage."
"I spent an hour reviewing and commenting on the student's critique of an article. He was very open to feedback. We talked through the changes, with the goal of strengthening his self-editing. We also talked through several "topical" issues that may help him deepen the perspectives in his paper. He also shared with me that he just ranked in the top 10% on the majors list, which means he has an excellent chance of making lieutenant colonel at the review board. It is a pleasure to get to know him and to work with him."
"For warm-up, the student went through the practice assessment questions that he took over the weekend. Then we went through our lesson on brackets and quotation marks. In the last five minutes, he had me look at the descriptions for some of his pieces in his portfolio. For those, he simply needs to add more details and explain why those pieces are important to him, and why he chooses for them to be included in his portfolio. The student has a couple of worksheets over brackets and quotation marks that he can choose to do, but the most important thing for him to do is to finish up his portfolio and study for the assessment."
"We planned for an essay about the book "Song of Solomon." He is going to write it through the lens of its relation to the murder of Emmett Till. We planned the structure, found supporting quotes for the different paragraphs, wrote a thesis statement, and found a title. He is going to write the essay and send it to me over the weekend for editing."
"In this essay the student and I went over a speech he has to give in class. I helped him correct some grammar mistakes, and we talked about how to make a speech flow, as well as the importance of specificity. The grammar problem that came up most often had to do with plurals and when to use them/avoid them. He seemed chipper, and very interested in the topic of his speech (global warming)."