Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We spent the majority of the session preparing for an extra credit writing assignment. For the assignment, he had to take a trip to the museum, write about what he observed, and write his thoughts on his overall experience. He had trouble knowing where to begin with his assignment, so I showed him the importance of thoroughly reading the writing prompt. The assignment asked him for two main things: to describe what he saw at the museum and to write his reactions/opinions about what he observed. I then asked him to choose three main things, which he could write about in detail, that stood out to him at the museum. He had trouble focusing on three main things and recounting his experience. So, as a brainstorming exercise, I asked him to act like he was my tour guide and lead me through the museum and provide all that he could recall about the museum exhibits. I made notes of everything he shared and separated his descriptions from his opinions. I then had him choose the three favorite things he saw. I then had him create an outline for his rough draft. I had him employ the five paragraph essay format so he could more easily organize his observations and commentary. In his outline, he made clear, detailed lists of his observations and reactions to the architecture of the museum, a survivor whom he was lucky enough to meet, and the cattle carts and boats which were used. He did an excellent job staying focused and was committed to making sure our session was productive. I emphasized the fact that writing is a process and the main steps are having a brainstorming session, completing an outline to organize his thoughts, writing a rough draft, then revising his rough draft at least two separate times. He agreed to e-mail me a copy of his rough draft by Thursday. I look forward to reading his rough draft. To conclude the session, I complimented him on how diligent of a worker he was during our session and asked him why he thinks his grades are lower in History and English than they are in Math and Science. He told me that his History and English teachers do not really engage his attention or make their subjects interesting. I asked him if he felt interested in reading and writing during our sessions, and he said he was surprised to find himself enjoying reading and writing so much and that it really helps to have a tutor holding him accountable. His responses make me hopeful that his grades will begin to improve in English and History, especially because he is approaching our sessions with a determined attitude and an open mind. We also discussed the importance of learning how to be a better writer and employing language to get his point across. He understands the importance of strong communication skills even in the field of science. It seems like he definitely wants to work in the sciences in the future, and we talked about what an impact he can have as a scientist if he is able to successfully articulate his research and findings."
"Went over poetry analysis strategies and provided student with resources to analyze rhetorical devices employed by authors of this genre of literature."
"The student has a rough copy of a paper about the roles of the president due this week. We spent our time working on his rough draft and editing what he already had written."