Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I was glad to see that the student had started writing his essay on the poem, as it gave us a good starting point for discussion and working through the various paragraphs together. We had worked on a detailed outline during our last sessions, including some quotes from critics, topics for discussion, and some examples from the poem to use as evidence. He does a really wonderful job of talking through the points he wants to make and asking questions to clarify next steps and help craft clear sentences, so that willingness is going to be a big help in carrying him through the work."
"In today's session, we wrapped up Beowulf and started Macbeth. We read through all the required reading for Macbeth and finished the majority of the assignments. Today we primarily focused on finding lines in the texts to support any arguments she makes in the short-response questions/essays. She had little difficulty in understanding and summarizing the plot. We went over the five essential elements of any story (background information, buildup, conflict, post-conflict, and resolution) and discussed them in terms of Macbeth. We also worked on grammar throughout the session. The student is becoming more confident in her ability to write, but can still use some more help. I have asked her to look over the next few assignments in advance and start her US History modules. We will be meeting again on Monday. We are still waiting for previous assignments from the past two sessions to be graded. I will go over the teacher feedback from those assignments as soon as the assessment grades are up."
"We started our first session by discussing the student's goals and upcoming assignments. He has a two-day test on the Victorian authors coming up at the end of this week or the beginning of next week, and he believes he'll have to do some writing for this test. We reviewed some basic MLA rules, and I sent him a document outlining the basic things to keep in mind for in-text citations and works cited pages. We then spent the rest of the session working on his homework assignment, which was to analyze the themes and imagery of Matthew Arnold's "Dover Beach." I worked with the student to better link his arguments with his examples and to clean up punctuation and wording errors. For our next session, I'll prepare some Victorian-related writing prompts so he can practice writing his responses and I can give him guidance as he works. He's a thoughtful student, and with a little bit of coaching I think his writing will improve significantly!"