Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed some work sheets I had prepared on sentence fragments and run-on sentences. From our earlier session, I noticed that these were the two areas in his writing he needed to focus on the most. After working through identifying which sentences were run-ons or fragments, we re-wrote the sentences to be complete sentences. After this, the student and I discussed a new writing prompt I made for him to practice his writing skills. I asked him to brainstorm a few ideas for the prompt by our next session."
"I gave the student a short story to read and had her write a short answer response to the story. For practice, I also asked her to create an outline before beginning her response. We discussed what an outline is meant to do, how it can help you check the organization of your paper before you begin, and how to write a thesis statement. I asked her to hand-write her response as well, and what I saw further confirmed my suspicion that typing does not give her time enough to think about what she's writing as far as grammar and punctuation. Her written work was again less full of spelling and grammar errors. Tomorrow, we will be working on a paper of hers and hopefully doing another short story and hand-written response exercise. I am preparing to have our meetings during her spring break be all about learning grammar and punctuation, so that she can have a more solid writing and proofreading foundation instead of constantly trying to learn a little at a time as she goes."
"With the student's tests approaching, this lesson focused on essay writing and test taking techniques. First, we discussed the best way to go about the exam's passage-based multiple-choice questions. First by reading the text quickly for main ideas and then going back to the text and reading sections closely for each question. Then we reviewed the essay writing techniques we had previously been working on. We discussed essay structure, argument structure, sentence variation, and topic sentences. I gave him an essay prompt, but he had a hard time coming up with a thesis and arguments. So we spent a good deal of time discussing how to come up with theses, how to devise arguments, and what to do if you get stuck. I gave him a few questions to keep in his head to keep him going in case he froze up during the test. Then he wrote the essay. I stopped him halfway through and we practiced some breathing exercises, another useful way to stay calm and level-headed during a test. After he finished the essay, we went over it together and discussed areas for improvement."