Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session, we covered how to incorporate sources into our writing content, which is so far the introduction to the exhibit board that summarizes the events of the Boston Tea Party and its consequences in preparation for examining the reciprocal rights and responsibilities of both British government and its American colonists. I helped the student find appropriate quotes to support his text and then showed him how to do endnote citations. Then, he began working on his annotated bibliography. I showed him how to do one and then asked him to finish at least the three book primary sources. We will work on this part in the next session as well flesh out the rights and responsibilities."
"During today's session, we worked on reviewing certain communications from the student's job, as well as on editing two assignments he completed for me. With regards to the communications, I was pleased with what I saw. Organizationally, he has made big strides and his writing is more focused and directed, and has a certain crispness that reflects increased precision and awareness of his audience. I recommended that for his next assignments, he should attempt to edit them as though he was me. Next, I will look at the raw assignments and edit them. Finally, we will compare our edits. My hope is to identify the sorts of problems he is unaware of in his writing, and then to give him the tools he needs to better identify these problems in the future."
"I introduced prepositions using her favorite stuffed lion as a placement piece. Then we reviewed other parts of speech. I helped her work on punctuation and wrote out the rules for periods, commas, quotation marks, and questions marks. I wrote a short dialogue in which she had to insert proper punctuation and capitalization."
"We had a chance to work on writing skills. I wanted to try a new method to get the student's ideas flowing, as he has a big disconnect between what's in his head and what he gets down on paper. We started by listening to a recording we'd made earlier on his enthusiasm for and interest in police work. As he re-listened to it, I had him make a list of cue words to use as recall devices. The next step was for him to answer a fundamental essay question about what he'd just listened to; the cue words were meant to jumpstart his specific thoughts. Then, he spoke all his thoughts into his phone, creating a new recording. He then copied what was on this recording on to paper in a relatively thoughtless process that produced a satisfactory rough draft. It was a new method, but one that worked pretty well for the first time."
"We had a very pleasant session. We talked about different ways to come up with a compelling intro for her essay that was different from the norm. We also filled in some examples. We ended with some grammar and punctuation practice."
"We outlined and discussed several different aspects to her essay, covering the thesis, topic sentences, and body paragraphs, as well as the different arguments that should be made throughout the essay itself."