Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During today's session, the student and I spent the entirety of our time practicing his writing skills. Specifically, we worked on (and completed) one of his required writing assignments for class, in which he selects a topic from a sheet of writing topics and produces a short story based on it. He needed a little spelling help here and there, but overall wrote quite well and was mostly able to spell the words correctly. It's my understanding that he has two such assignments to write and turn in every Monday, so his extra practice should presumably consist of writing the second paragraph for this week. He did a good job today and is demonstrating considerable improvement to me."
"The student did a dry run of the PowerPoint presentation he's delivering this Friday. He had good command of the content and delivered it fairly well. We also discussed the interview questions he is preparing for his thesis research. The questions targeted important issues but just needed some rewording to invite detailed responses."
"I helped the student make the final edits on his Old Man and the Sea essay. I also helped him edit the introduction, conclusion, and works cited page for his GMO research essay. His writing has really improved since our first session. For next week, he will bring a draft of his History class book review for us to review and edit. We will also put the finishing touches on his GMO research paper."
"Today the student and I worked on writing for the first 50 minutes of our session. We free wrote back and forth answering and asking each other a variety of questions. The student's answers were the most detailed, thoughtful, and explanatory responses he's given in any of our sessions. After a productive 50 minutes of writing, we finished our session by reading The Gettysburg Address together."
"Today we did a quick recap of the last week and a half, as well as the student's grades. She has grades she likes, as well as no missing assignments. We did work today on a written assignment for her choir class. One of the things that I focused on with her was answering the question given and staying on topic. She came up with a lovely story idea based upon "Carol of the Bells," but a short reflection piece is not the time to share that idea with her choir teacher. We also worked on some comma placement, as well as basic types of words (prepositions, infinitive verbs, etc.). She did get her paragraphs written and turned in by the end of the session. I have plans of working with her on commas, if we have time, on Saturday."
"Today we started with a review of counting money. The student did great with this task after getting into the groove of the activity. Next, he worked on a "would you rather this or that" writing piece. He chose a topic, wrote two supporting reasons, and a third reason to solidify his choice. Finally, he took all of his sentences and put them into a paragraph."