Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I worked with the student on his script for his video for his new clothing line. He emailed me the script prior to our phone call, so when it came time for us to talk I sent him two documents - one with a lot of options for possible re-writes and one of a completed possible script with my changes in place. We went through the script correcting any sentences that needed it and making sure that he really got his meaning across."
"The student had started his assignment, but he did not complete it. I started going over his work, and we discussed how he could tweak the answers he had. We also discussed how he wanted to answer the remaining questions. When some of them required quotes, we discussed possible areas or people to take quotes from. He feels more prepared to answer the remaining questions. We finished with a grammar lesson on predicates and predicate complements. We will start delving into more complicated grammar ideas from now on. For next time, he is supposed to finish his first draft of this assignment, and he should print out a copy of it so we can work on editing it during the next session."
"I worked with the student on outlining techniques, revising sentences for clarity, and development of ideas. We expanded on his outline and identified quotes to use as evidence, and discussed how these preparations will help him form his rough draft more effectively. We focused on the process of going from big ideas to details."
"The student was struggling most with not comprehending the story she was tasked to read, so I helped with reading comprehension and writing. I taught her strategies on how to look up words she does not understand as a way to understand the context of what she is reading. This will help with reading comprehension."
"The student was struggling most with reading comprehension. Accordingly, we focused on techniques to comprehend the words we read. For example, I taught him a strategy for "decoding" a sentence and unpacking its full meaning. The strategy included identifying the subject, verb, and object in each sentence of a short essay. We worked a few out together, and then I had the student do a few sentences on his own. I left the student with extra practice and a list of words to define."
"The student was writing an art analysis essay. She is learning to narrow her focus and to bring only one or two solid ideas to the table. I'm trying to give her a framework in which to build an essay so she can successfully craft an essay on her own then fine-tune it during our sessions. I am encouraging her to do more of her writing outside of our sessions so we can use the time to build on principles of writing rather than create an essay."