Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I asked the student to find some of her previous essays so we could look over what comments she had gotten and discuss ways to improve. It looks like she'll solve several problems by drawing in more contextual information, especially before she takes a position on the argument. By looking at the economic, social, political, etc. statuses and implications, she'll develop a more complex argument that doesn't rely solely on the documents given. Going into more depth about why certain events are important - pushing beyond simply stating that they happened - will also make a tremendous difference."
"The student spent time reviewing his essay response that was written yesterday and revised and edited his previous work before he needs to turn it in."
"This week the student and I worked on his weekly journal, as well as some math word problems. He did a great job with the journal and we got through it in less time. He decided to write about why he liked the book, and wrote three sets of two sentences each explaining a reason he liked it, and then an example of something that showed that in the story. He did an excellent job remembering some of the connector words to use to make his paragraph flow from one sentence to the next, without me having to prompt him. At the end of the session we spent a little time with some more math word problems from a practice book."
"We proofread a short personal narrative essay the student had written. He fixed errors of capitalization, punctuation, and spelling. He finished his introductory paragraph (introduction) to his persuasive essay. He also finished one body paragraph and started a second body paragraph. We set aside 12 minutes (twice) to practice handwriting. He was given a snack and stretch break in between sets of handwriting practice."
"We proofread and worked on edits to a course syllabus the student was making for the upcoming class she was teaching. Overall, the syllabus was strong, but I pointed out a few minor grammatical errors as well as suggested some word choice tweaks to clarify her expectations for the students who would receive the syllabus and related assignment instructions. She was very receptive and found a couple of points of her own to clarify beyond the ones I suggested."
"We read from the book "A Little Princess." We will do a writing next week. She will write an essay explaining whether a positive attitude helps a person be successful."