Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we reviewed the homework I gave on the last session (adverb/conjunctions). We also reviewed the student's final draft on his personal narrative. He is getting more confident in his writing skills and shows more interest in his lessons. He was assigned grammar (subject/predicate) as well as a personal narrative prompt to pre-write as homework."
"After exchanging emails with the student's teacher, I learned that the student's test would not be until Friday. We also learned that the writing was meant to be journalism-focused, so that is what we worked on in this session. She had brought a few short articles she had written about going on a bike ride with her family and about a fictional house that completed construction. We reviewed these, and I suggested a few grammatical adjustments as well as looking at where more detail could be added. I gave her a writing prompt, and while she was working on the prompt, I wrote up a page of practice sentences in which she had to write the correct form of "their" or "are/our." The prompt asked her to simply describe her day yesterday, coming up with as much detail as possible. I asked a few questions about details here and there, then I gave her the worksheet I had written up. She did fairly well, and I think this session went well. She seems to enjoy writing practice a lot, and really gets creative with her ideas. Next week we will resume with the math sessions."
"Today we talked about a strategy called FATP which the student can use to help her analyze the prompt before writing. After talking about FATP we talked about how to write an occasion position statement. This is a way to write a really strong topic sentence. We practiced together and I gave her some key words to start the sentence with. We also discussed transitions and concluding sentences. We looked at the paragraph that she wrote on her own and applied some of the techniques to it. For homework I asked her to practice O/P statements and writing a paragraph with a strong one, with transitions, and with concluding sentences, with the stoplight method."