Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I reviewed the essay that the student wrote over break about his writing process. We broke that down into an outline to help him to organize his thoughts. I went over the basic structure of an outline and helped him to brainstorm ideas for making his writing process most effective."
"Today, we continued to write about Adventure Time. The first thing we worked on during our very first session was how to write a summary. Writing about an animated series is a good opportunity to return to that topic. I asked the student to choose an aspect of the monomyth that appears in Adventure Time, and he chose the "call to action." He talked a little about a character called the Cosmic Owl, who appears sometimes in the protagonist's dreams to summon them on adventures. The Cosmic Owl appears in two episodes, once for each protagonist. We created a plot line diagram, and I asked the student to label each end with the first plot point and the last plot point, and then fill in the middle with important events. For each event, I drew arrows, which pointed to boxes, inside of which I wrote clarifying questions. He wrote down answers to each of these questions. We didn't quite complete both summaries, so we will return to this exercise either next week or the week after. This exercise helped me figure out how he thinks when he is asked to provide a summary - what his mind jumps to first, and what types of important information he tends to omit. He also started to catch on to the types of questions I would ask, so he became faster and more thoughtful at explaining why an event took place, what reactions the characters had to events, and how one event transitioned into the next."
"Covered more speech strategies and connected points to main thesis. Practiced using informal speech for presentation."