Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We began with a discussion of critical thinking and guided our discussion by a PowerPoint covering the definitions and application of inference, assumption, deduction, and argument. We discussed how to activate this type of thinking while reading in order to evaluate tricky verbal reasoning hurdles. Then we chose two texts, "The Count of Monte Cristo" and "1984," to use to apply our learning in future sessions. Using those texts, I will probe his understanding of his reading, prompt his reflection of it, and test his recollection of seemingly buried details (a recall problem he seems to run into from time to time). We then practiced two types of verbal reasoning quizzes: verbal logical reasoning and sentence swapping. Finally, we reviewed participial phrases by identifying their antecedents and syntactical placement."
"The student and I review last weeks session and took a final look at his introduction, making a few grammatical corrections. We discussed the assignment in detail based on his rubric and the materials I have been provided by his teacher. We went over what he did have written and discussed the areas that did not reach to his standard. I then had the student outline his second paper section based on the rubric and our discussion. We divided the writing he did have into the outline sections he created. I discussed research strategies with him, including how to use dense sources of a greater length. We reviewed the sources he had brought with him. Overall, a great session. The student grows in confidence every time I see him, and will be in touch with me via email if he needs help this week."
"The student and I continued working on his rough draft today. We mainly focused on the bibliography and citations. We went through the paper and made sure that all the citations were in place and then I helped him create the bibliography. We then worked on his conclusion, specially the layout and the points that he was going to address. The student had to do some more research, about the conservation groups and efforts currently in place, and he worked on this until I left. I made sure the student and I were on the same page, in terms of what he was going to say in his conclusion. The rest of his rough draft looks really good and the student has worked really hard on it."
"We worked on 'showing' not 'telling' sentences. We took simple sentences and added a lot of detail, adjectives, and adverbs. We talked about describing things using the five senses. We completed a worksheet of this and then practiced on a paragraph from her essay last week. Student's writing level seems to be mostly a problem of effort. I have insisted that she use proper punctuation and grammar in all of her work with me. She often does not capitalize words or includes things like "gonna" or "wanna" in her writing. Trying to break this habit. The last ten minutes we discussed a homework assignment she was confused about for The Scarlet Letter. She was able to come to think of the correct answers on her own with simple explanations from me."
"We started our session with focusing on a revision for our diagnostic persuasive prompt. The quality of the essay was greatly improved, however the student must remember to elaborate ideas by providing strong concrete examples. We reviewed our S.C.O.P.E. strategies and the student went back to revising the body paragraphs with more details. The student shared that he took the SAT this weekend and that the writing portion was a lot harder than he expected. I shared a few writing tips with the student for this section and as a part of our writing tutorial will provide some lessons in grammar and usage. This sessions our grammar lesson will focus on are the effective use of transitions within paragraphs to add variety of sentence structure and coherence. We finished the lesson with a voice and diction practice and the student returned to his essay to utilize the strategy in his writing. For homework the student will write his next essay and use transitions effectively."
"We discussed principles of writing a profile essay - how to establish tone, give detailed descriptions, make a thesis statement, and provide interpretation. His assignment is to write an essay on his senior service project that included working with elementary school students on their schoolwork. He is motivated and responded well to constructive feedback on his essay. His mother would like to meet 3 times a week going forward to work on his writing and grammar."