Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I met, as he requested, to complete his friendship expository essay. We replaced one of his Japanese comic book examples with a personal example using lacrosse instead. Our thesis turned into "people should rely on friends instead of relying on themselves because friendship has unique benefits such as building one's self-esteem and helping one emotionally through difficult times." We kept the Batman and Robin example of Batman being there for Robin after Robin also lost his parents in a traumatic fashion. He decided to incorporate the phrase surrogate father to describe the relationship between Batman and Robin. We also used the vocabulary word "adversity," since that was one of the words he learned in class. I showed the final draft to his mom, and she said she liked it very much."
"Session II- Great to hear that the student's team won the in class debate we worked on prepping at the last session. Despite some issues tracking down her diagnostic score, we read and discussed some sample assessment writing prompts of various scores. We focused on how a strong essay has well-developed supporting statements that discuss the evidence, and the importance of having sentences logically flow from one to the next. The samples range in scores from 1 to 6 with explanations for the each. This exercise will prove helpful in improving her essay grades (seeing a polished final product drawn from a strong plan). The student then tried her hand at three rounds of practice assessment writing questions: In our discussions of the answers, we clarified her understanding of various concepts including comma splices, subject-verb agreement, and the correct use of superlatives. She was very glad to have some confusions dispelled. We also discussed upcoming reading response strategies for a world history assignment."
"During this session, we continued to edit and revise a couple of essays that the student is working on for his English class. For both essays, we looked at transitions, word choice, flow, grammar, and spelling. We eliminated unnecessary information, and added some clarifying details. One suggestion that I had for him and his writing was to write to an audience that had never read the play he was discussing--Romeo and Juliet. This would ensure that he was clear and included the necessary background information. He chose to work on handwriting during the last few minutes of the session. He verbally brainstormed to organize his thoughts, then wrote a few sentences on lined paper. Our focus today was in letter height, making sure that that capital letters extended from the header to the base line, and that lower case letters were formed using the middle line. Next handwriting session, we will focus on spacing between words, as well as forming lower case letters."