Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed and organized his research for his paper on GMOs. We also started drafting the paper (definition, history, and current statistics). For our next session, he will draft paragraphs on the advantages and disadvantages of GMOs, based on the information in the 4 articles we identified today."
"We completed the draft of the essay, by adding material to those areas short of detail and new areas identified by the teacher as important to the finished product (in a help session this morning). The principal new element was an analysis section, which we populated with summaries of existing commentaries. The student will add citations and submit the draft on Saturday as instructed."
"Today, we continued with revisions to the student's research paper, adding in another quote in one paragraph that was a bit weak, and drawing out some more analysis particularly at the close of paragraphs, where transitions were sometimes abrupt instead of feeling natural and satisfying."
"In today's session we drafted the essays on chemical elements. I took the students through a guided writing activity so that they could structure their essays properly. We will devote a bit of time to the next session to do some light editing."
"The student and I continued our work with the television series today, discussing the second episode. He had done some research on the author of the novels that are the basis for the series, so he gave a short speech about the topic, and we discussed his performance. After that, he read aloud from the novel to practice his reading and speaking skills. We then briefly discussed our thoughts on the episode."
"We worked on the written portion of the student's upcoming debate . . . if he wins the upcoming "round" on Monday I intend to return Monday night to help him prepare his written materials for the final."
"The student did a good job with his assignment due today. He finished the writing assignment we started last week and completed the writing on his own. He finished reading the book we started because he just couldn't wait until we met again. We began another book and stopped after three chapters to do a predicting writing exercise. He was much quicker this time, writing about 80 words in 15 minutes. He has another assignment for next Saturday and he was reminded not to use so many duplicate words and sentences just to add more word count."
"We went over the first five chapters in HG Wells' The Invisible Man. There are many very important themes, especially one that the student pointed out--there is no hero in the novel. The "stranger" Is not nice and we do not root for him even though he is the focus of the whole. Then we looked at how the student fixed up her essay on Marianne from Sense and Sensibility. She wrote a very good paragraph that showed that Marianne created sadness around her by her self-obsessed ways."
"The student and I worked together on in-depth organizational analysis, particularly on what makes for good introductions and conclusions. He is making use of organizational tools for planning. I am moving him closer and closer to full essay-writing. He still needs to work on grammar; he knows the rules. He did an excellent job on his homework and will progress even more quickly if he continues to work like that."
"Today we covered notes I have made on the student's research essay. The essay looks great! The student has done really well with using the thesaurus and not falling prey to using words that don't fit the meaning. Soon we will be working on the final essay! The student has grown much in confidence and when we meet they have a great idea of what they want to say and even exactly how they want to state it."
"We did a final review and modification of the student's persuasive speech for his communications class. He read it aloud a few times, and we put in time markers at key points to help him with him pacing as I continued to coach him on public speaking."
"The student had an essay due for her English class. She had a rough draft, but needed help with organization, structure, and content development. We worked on the overall construction of the essay, as well as academic language issues and general grammar concerns. She always has good ideas and really appreciates positive feedback!"