Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today with the student we finalized her essay. We went through and read the whole thing aloud. We also added in a few additional quotes, moved around several sources to make sure all of the paragraphs were cohesive, and cleared up many of the topic sentences. She has worked on the Bibliography, and she is going to try and finish it up before Sunday (she used many sources)."
"We worked on her reflection essay on Othello Act III, scene iii. She was able to formulate a solid thesis and details. She has improved greatly in her ability to analyze literature. We also completed her final draft of an in-class essay regarding certainty and doubt."
"Today we went over old essays of the student's, looking specifically at what makes a strong thesis (argumentative, falsifiable, discreetly qualified). We rewrote one old thesis in particular, exploring the questions it contained and the paragraph structure it implied."
"This session continued on our work on writing letters and stringing together letters to form words. The student had continued success with writing his name, and we began practicing the letter G. We also worked on the orientation of letters. He has some trouble understanding that letters have to be oriented in one direction to be most legible. He can sometimes write upside down. Going forward, we will continue this work on writing his last name, and also on switching between uppercase and lowercase letters."
"This session continued the writing tutorial program designed to guide the student through the completion of his summer reading assignment for next year's English class. As in the case of weeks prior, the session began with an assessment and discussion of a response paper on the portion of the novel he read for that week. While he demonstrated his usual strength in identifying the thematically significant portions of the text, his writing skills may benefit from additional practice closely reading, interpreting, and logically organizing textual evidence to support the argument being made. At his request, additional time was spent clarifying the process of situating textual evidence within reader-friendly contextual details, and the drawing of interpretive conclusions in support of an overarching thesis. On subsequent assignments, he was encouraged to expand on the latter with reference to nuances of diction, syntax, and narrative structure."
"This session mainly focused on working through scrambled paragraphs. The student was able to identify indicators of sentence placement. He still should practice this type of test-taking skill so he can improve. We looked at reading comprehension briefly. In the other part of the session, the student and I drafted some practice secondary school admissions essays. He came up with details for these essays, but should continue to work on concision and writing mechanics. Next week, he will write some sample essays that we will go over."