Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student began writing a paragraph based on a previous reading. He used his pre-writing strategies to generate a topic sentence then worked on structuring his support and supporting details. The student then took a first look at another reading. He accessed his prior knowledge of the topic and made predictions about what he would read in the text. He's done a good job of applying the strategies so far."
"Began initial session by reviewing grades and goals (currently making C's, would like to be A-B honor roll). Worked on revising and editing 100 word essay for language arts, focusing on adding detail to clarify ideas, using FANBOYS to craft compound sentences, and minor spelling errors, which were all recognized and easily fixed once they were pointed out. The student might need to work on writing fluency, as she would repeat words or lose her place during sentences after long pauses in writing. Will follow up with language arts teacher at her school for more specific guidelines re upcoming tests."
"Today we reviewed the student's persuasive essay and different approaches on writing it effectively. I can see the progress in his writing skill as he can organize his thoughts and put it in writing. Still needs to work on spellings and grammar. We also covered lessons on different types of sentences(e.g.; imperative, interrogative, exclamatory, and declarative). He was also asked to identify the different aspects of paragraph writing. Hw was given on singular and plural noun and narrative prompt essay."
"The student and I mainly focused on the planning aspect of composing an opinion paper. Citing sources within the text, paraphrasing, plagiarism, and creating a bibliography took up a majority of our time. I can tell that she did not learn a lot of this information in school, so she picked up on a lot of important knowledge that she will carry with her throughout her education. As I talked with her, she took down some notes on when to give credit to someone else. I also sent them to her using the chat box, so she would have a visual. For extra practice, I asked her to finish planning her paper (researching, filling out the OREO graphic organizer, etc.), so she is able to compose organized paragraphs. It was a great lesson!"
"The student and I met and continued to review reading comprehension and writing skills through his revised essay. This was the first draft of his essay, which allowed me to see what a 'free write' looked like. We discussed increasing his analysis of 'why' the author wrote the way he did and demonstrating to his reader that he knows 'why' because he can state 'how.' Therefore, he needs to continue revising the essay, adding more analysis, and removing the summaries. A way to think of this is through the Evidence, Explain, Counterargument method. We also looked at the development of ethos, pathos, and logos in the text and how he might incorporate some of this analysis of writing in his own writing. Moving forward, he needs to continue working on his essay. However, next session, we will focus primarily on his AP English Language readings, as he will receive his syllabus this week."
"The student and I met and did a good deal of math and finished her essay. In math, we reviewed conversions between fractions, decimals, and percents as well as "percentage of" questions. We then looked at the comments I made on her essay, and she polished the essay until it was a quite good compare/contrast essay. She is very adept at writing."