Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student wrote a story about what the animals do in the zoo at night. He is still struggling with run-on sentences. He has trouble generating writing and we are trying to discover subjects to pique his interest so he will be more likely to write with pleasure. His homework is to think about which video game he wants to describe and convince an audience to play."
"I read and reviewed the student's outside writing assignment given in the last session and we discussed how he might improve that writing. I noted that he completed the assignment on his computer and printed it. As follow-up on that writing assignment, I asked him to edit the piece for our next session by adding descriptions of characters, scenes, actions and feelings, and for that purpose I gave him printed lists of action verbs and feeling/emotion descriptors with instruction to use at least 10 of each in his revision. I also went over a sample Venn Diagram with him in an effort to encourage him to look outside himself in his writing, to incorporate descriptions, actions and feelings of other people into his work. Our next step was to have him complete a short in-class writing assignment about his dog. He loves his Labradoodle and was able to immediately begin writing the three-paragraph assignment, which he completed in 15 minutes or so. I loaned him a short public library book, "Ace Your Writing Assignment," with instruction to read it before our session next Monday so that he will have a full picture of the specific steps he can use on each writing assignment in the future, no matter the subject."
"Introduced the student to the concept of the word and the sentence journal, and got a quick writing sample from the student."