Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We wrote narrative essays (i.e., "short stories") to encourage creative thinking and show how creativity and logic are not mutually exclusive. I had each student pick a previous essay they wrote, and then write a piece which demonstrates through storytelling the point they made in the prior essay via non-fiction. They went through the range of writing exercises -- clustering, organizing, outline and first draft. All three were enthusiastic about the exercise and responded well to creative thinking. I encouraged them to write down everything and there were no "wrong" ways of doing today's session. They gained further practice going back and forth between the steps of writing in order to refine and hone the raw ideas. For next week, I told them to type up the short story, making any final edits to the story they wish. I also told them to type up their compare/contrast essays from last week, and to bring a copy of the memoir assignment they did for work."
"We went over some of his writing for science and practiced answering questions covering topics on an upcoming exam. We also did a practice reading and writing assignment with a poem."
"The student and I worked on discussion questions over the True Diary of a Part Time Indian, Dark Water Rising, and New York Times articles from the 1912 triangle fire trial."