Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we started her English paper which is due on Thursday. She has to write a 2-3 page story told from the viewpoint of Odysseus, adding another adventure to his journey home to Ithaca. She seemed a little overwhelmed at first by the prospect, but we quickly worked out a story line for her to use. She needs to include an antagonist for her story, and she really wanted to use a temptation for Odysseus, rather than a single character trying to stop his journey. She is going to write about Odysseus landing on an island that looks like Ithaca, and even has the people identical to those at home, including his wife and son, but is not Ithaca. The struggle will be Odysseus realizing that it is a trick, trying to convince his companions that it's a trick, and attempting to escape from the island. We finished the first half of the writing tonight, and we'll finish the rest tomorrow night. She was really excited once she got going with the writing, so finishing the writing tomorrow should be easy for her. That will give us plenty of time to clean up the grammar and rework some of her sentences."
"For this session, the student and I focused on a paper that is due in his English class. The student and I reviewed his rough draft together and made some edits. His diction has greatly improved and that is wonderful to see. For the next session, I will have the student focus on self editing, so that he will learn to notice these things on his own while proofreading. The student is also advancing with his syntax--his sentence structure variety is good, though sometimes he will slip into using the passive voice. We will continue to work on spotting that. The student has also progressed at forming strong thesis statements! They are looking really good. One thing that needs improvement is his choice of support for his theses. Sometimes the student will pull quotes from the text that don't support--or even worse, weaken--his thesis. We will work on that more too. I appreciated that the student put a good faith effort into writing a thoughtful rough draft! That made it much easier to proofread."
"The student and I reviewed the assignment I left for him in our last meeting and did our usual writing. I explained how important it is for his progress for him to write as though everything he writes is for a grade."