Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I discussed her final book report project. We drafted a general outline for the essay. We discussed Papa's characteristics, and examples of his interactions with his family and the community. We highlighted some questions to consider as we continue reading. We'll keep work on the writing."
"Regarding my requests made in the session prior to this, the student has as of now completed her Autobiography assignment and made some progress in locating/re-naming previously completed homework assignments that are ready for submission. I was very pleased to see this! In our most recent session, I set more stringent parameters for the student in order to quicken the pace of our session. We worked on a "mini RN" assignment, completing 1 of 2 prompts and thoroughly discussing a strategy for completing the second; further, we inserted citations or a characterization of the type of citation required to support concrete details for this second prompt. In leaving for the day, I composed a short list of tips to motivate and focus the student during her independent study. I really appreciate the support of her parents in holding her accountable to these new practices. Helpful Tips: -DO NOT stop typing/writing until you have a completed draft -Refrain from obsessing over word choice; changes may be made during the revision stage (i.e. when a rough draft has been completed) -Use a timer to complete small tasks (e.g. 5 mins to find a specific citation; then 8 minutes to write 2 supporting sentences for this quote) -Continue with this timing strategy by allowing, for example, 30 minutes for a 3-5 sentence body paragraph. Once time has lapsed, you MUST move on to the next paragraph; changes can be made in the stage of revision. -Do not get hung up on 1 paragraph topic when there are 3 other topics that must addressed in the body and that you feel more confident in attempting. Once you have completed these other paragraphs, take a break and come back to the last, most challenging paragraph encouraged by the fact that the rest of the assignment has been completed."
"We practiced summarization, punctuation, and general writing skills. We also worked on a worksheet that involved topic sentences, details and combining it into a paragraph."