Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student worked on the reading from last session and used the same strategies. He focused a bit more on using context to help figure out the meaning of unknown words. We also looked at a few strategies that should help him bridge the gap between his reading comprehension and his test performance. Finally, he worked on revising a paragraph he'd begun in a previous session. He added details and rearranged a pair of sentences in order to produce a well-developed, cogent paragraph."
"For this session, we worked on the creation of introductions and conclusions for persuasive essays. In particular, we focuses on maintaining a professional style with writing. We went over how directly addressing the reader or using a more conversational tone is not the correct way of writing this type of essay. We also discussed making and defending arguments. Overall, in our time together, we have made great improvements in his writing style and essay composition."
"We continued preparing for his assessment test working on practice set one in his workbook. Task three included reading a long passage and responding with an essay. Key concepts highlighted during the session included being aware of time constraints while being tested, and how to brainstorm to find ideas to write about."
"The student and I made a plan for how we are going to read our contemporary novel. To help focus the reading, our purpose for reading will be to adapt the novel into a screenplay. We will be transcribing each scene, stating setting, characters, actions, and major events. We also worked on another rhetorical paragraph type. This one was an opinion paragraph. We discussed establishing the scope of the topic to help choose appropriate supporting points. After reading a sample paragraph, he drafted one of his own. The content was strong with a clear position and supporting points. I was particularly pleased with his concluding sentence, which made a prediction as to the future in relation to his topic. What needs some work is effective sentence structures to keep his message clear and flowing from one point to the next. I asked him to work on editing the paragraph for our next session."
"The student and I made some big plot changes in our session together. We decided to cut out the tournament scene, which wasn't working and replace it with another scene. She also had the idea to have Creed attack at the end of this chapter, and she's going to work on developing that part for our next session. We did two brief character exercises together as well. She and I also had a brief discussion about literary fiction vs. genre fiction, and we started to plan ahead for the break in tutoring that we're going to take in a few weeks. Overall, a session with diverse topics and some great plot work!"
"The student and I mainly discussed her essay. We discussed options on how she can organize her essay based on her resources and the data she has collected. The essay has to be in APA format. I brought her some resources on that, because it is unfamiliar to her. Her essay must begin with an executive summary, so we discussed that and what it should contain. We focused on the organization of her essay and her timing as well as her writing skills. She struggles with keeping an organized schedule, so we have planned a schedule for her to follow to keep her from procrastinating while she works on this assignment. Next time, she will have a plan for her essay mostly complete on a bubble map sent to her through MS Word. Additionally, she will email her professor for clarification on the assignment, interpret her audit data, and have read most of the "Power of Framing.""