Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"After a rough start because of technology issues, the student and I ended up being able to cover quite a lot during our session. We started out discussing the story he read between our sessions, "The Fall of the House of Usher", discussing basic plot and talking about some reading strategies for stronger comprehension. This was a more difficult story than the one he'd read in class, so it challenged him to slow down and focus more on meaning, especially in beginning sections of the text. I asked him to revisit the story before our next session, and suggested that having the texts on-hand for our meetings would be helpful as we go forward. Moving from the story and the characters there, we discussed the makeup of a character sketches, and how those can be useful for thinking critically about a story or writing about a story. We also talked about how those can come into play when outlining themes of a given work. Going back to Poe, he created one very strong character sketch from the work he read in class, and we talked about him working further on some character sketches related to "The Fall of the House of Usher" after he revisits the text, and before our next session."
"The student worked on editing his paper based on the notes given by his teacher, then rewrote his ending. We worked on a few mechanical issues with his paper."
"Today the student and I reviewed her history homework. She had to read four essays written by three authors which described several philosophies each author believed in. She did an excellent job focusing through the reading. She had to mark at least four ideas in each essay and explain whether she disagreed or agreed. I think having that extra step in place helped her focus more thoughtfully on the readings. She then had to write a paragraph detailing one belief or philosophy she follows. She did a really good job with this paragraph. She immediately started outlining and brainstorming. She has learned the importance of preparing to write before beginning to write. She also fixed a comma issue in a sentence before going on to the next sentence. She's getting very good at critically evaluating and editing her own work. The student has improved immensely over the past few months."