Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student worked on a homework assignment which he revised, and then an independent essay. He is showing great improvement, often catching small errors before I do."
"Today the student worked on his thesis paper on the reading assignment "To Build a Fire." He finished a first draft that is due tomorrow, and will continue to fine-tune the paper in later drafts."
"Today we focused on analogies. We did practice analogies of varying difficulty and went over how the words related and why some answers were right, some wrong, and others very close but not quite correct. I found that when the student was familiar with the words, she had no problem establishing connections and relationships between them. Next we did an activity where we took turns picking a word card and then describing it: saying the synonyms, antonyms, part of speech, and definition. The other person then had to guess the word. This proved to be excellent practice for the student. I suggested that she try using the words to make her own analogies. Next we read a short passage on how to frame arguments using logos (logic), pathos (emotion), and ethos (appeal to trustworthiness). She did very well, and I would like her to try writing a persuasive letter to someone (real or fictional) using what she learned from the article. Next week I plan to look deeper at analogies and work more with persuasive writing. I also plan to look more at types of speech, particularly words that take on different meanings with different parts of speech."