Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student has a research paper due on Monday, so we worked on expanding his outline in preparation for him to begin writing the essay tomorrow. He sometimes doubted himself or prefaced his sentences with "I don't know why I think this, but...", though his insights into the Wordsworth poem were both accurate and thoughtful. Having confidence in his ability to understand the poem and apply that knowledge to analysis and explication will help him both with this paper and with his other work in the British Lit course he is starting online. I thought he was very self-aware in admitting that he needs guidance in substantiating his initial thoughts, and I've found that having someone to talk things through with helps a great deal. He was finding textual evidence and connecting it to critical dialogue, which seemed to get easier for him when I was there to ask questions, clarify what he didn't understand, and get him started on a thought that he could then flesh out and make connections to. He's going to finish reading the critical resources he has already found and get started writing his introduction and first body paragraph tomorrow. As he works over the next several days, he knows he can send me questions and have me available to give feedback on what he has already written. We will meet again on Sunday night to make final edits before the student turns in the essay on Monday."
"We started editing the student's Macbeth essay. We went through the previously done outline and she made it into paragraph form, adding things here and there to make everything make sense. She put in the in-work citation and formatted everything correctly. She got through the introduction and first body paragraph and started on the second body paragraph."
"We started our first session by discussing the student's goals and upcoming assignments. He has a two-day test on the Victorian authors coming up at the end of this week or the beginning of next week, and he believes he'll have to do some writing for this test. We reviewed some basic MLA rules, and I sent him a document outlining the basic things to keep in mind for in-text citations and works cited pages. We then spent the rest of the session reviewing his homework assignment, which was to analyze the themes and imagery of Matthew Arnold's "Dover Beach." I worked with him to better link his arguments with his examples and to clean up punctuation and wording errors. For our next session, I'll prepare some Victorian-related writing prompts so he can practice writing his responses, and I can give him guidance as he works. He's a thoughtful student, and with a little bit of coaching I think his writing will improve significantly!"
"The session went well. The student and I discussed goals for this quarter and we prioritized areas where he must focus as well as strategies to improve around focus areas. His homework is to implement one new strategy and to send me his homework before sessions to maintain organization and stay on top of his assignments."
"In this session, we reviewed more writing prompts on the Fault in Our Stars. We are slowly transitioning from the student just presenting summaries of the texts to her completing more in depth analysis. We also completed a reading of Langston Hughes' "Thank You, Ma'am" and talked about the characters and main ideas of the text. We're going to stay with this story for next week too."
"The student and I worked on strategies for taking notes. She has an open notebook test next week. We summarized key points and details from her textbook. We worked on concision and condensing notes to save her time. We will continue to build this skill."