Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, I gave the student some tips on essay writing and the overall writing process. He has great ideas; however, his spelling is a bit off. We will work on that."
"The student and I worked on his writing assignment. His assignment focused on storytelling and we wrote notes for 2 different stories."
"Today I introduced the idea of proofreading and editing. Each student read the other two's Compare and Contrast and Narrative essays. The exercises consisted of reading with a critical eye, organizing one's thoughts, and making notes on the hardcopy for the writer to receive. We discussed how to read with a critical eye, and how to accept constructive criticism. I showed them what to look for when proofreading, and how to separate comments about content from comments about style and formatting. We then discussed the opinions, and I helped each writer to listen to the opinions of the others, and then decide which to incorporate and which to ignore. The emphasis was placed on objectivity. Because they're siblings, they were comfortable with each other's style of communications. For next week, they are to re-write both essays for clarity, incorporating suggested changes. They must be prepared to explain/defend why they did or did not incorporate the suggested changes from the "proofreaders." I told them the next step is that I will read and edit their essays for yet a third rewrite. We will continue working on proofreading and editing essays through the end of this semester."