Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student continued her work on her essay, 'Luck: in the Eyes of Benjamin Franklin.' Her ideas and thesis are strong. We worked on vocabulary and usage as it relates to the ideas of luck, chance, and providence. She was able to rewrite on a sentence level to clarify her argument as well as correct spelling and grammar. She is going to finish her rewriting and email me a copy of her draft by Sunday. Her final essay is due Wednesday."
"The student and I found a suitable theme and talked about how to support said theme. We went through some of the transcripts and some of the sources from class to get an idea of what was available and what we needed to find. Next, we worked on a working outline and talked about the plan for how that outline would support the paper and how we'd weave the information into the theme of the paper. She seems a lot more confident with making an argument and providing compelling evidence for it than she did in our first session. Our next meeting will be something of a writing workshop, and we should be able to get it into a final form ready for edits by the end of the next session."
"We reviewed the writing assignment from last time, and we found that it was much improved from when we were finished with our session. The student was proud, especially as she read it aloud. She was much more engaged this time, likely more comfortable. We continued our work on organizing our thoughts before setting pencil to paper, and she took to the "sentence strips" method of isolating the separate parts of the paragraph. She was excited to suggest an additional writing project; since it's a surprise, we will detail it next week. I left her with three options/approaches for an essay to work on before our next session."
"Today's session focused primarily on reading comprehension and summary. The student and I worked very hard on a few difficult pages of her currently assigned book. We spent time really working through what happened in the story, as well as focusing on specific questions and finding answers in the text. We worked on how to listen to questions for what is being asked and then make sure our responses answer the question. We also had time to review her spelling words for her upcoming quiz, as well as finish her sentences."
"The student and I spent the sessions going over a writing assignment he has due next week. He was asked to describe the family of characters in a novel the class is reading, "The Mighty Miss Malone." I gave him a new way to approach such assignments. I had him name each character in the family and simply tell me what he could remember about them, making shorthand notes along the way. I told him that at this stage, he shouldn't worry about sentence structure; the point is simply to get the information down on paper. The more we talked, the more he was able to remember about what he read. After he had finished his descriptive notes, I asked him to make an observation about the characters. He observed, quite correctly, that they were a family of opposites. We then turned that observation into a lead sentence, which then enabled him to rearrange his notes in the form of an essay."
"We had a great session today. The student had done an excellent job with his essay, turning in polished, intelligent work. I was very impressed by his work, which showed great improvement over even his last work. Today, we went over it for grammar, and he did much of his self-correcting. I also instructed him in some of the more advanced rules of written, formal grammar. He has another essay to read for, outline, and begin for his homework."