Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student and I worked on argumentative essays and rhetorical essays. She had one of each type of essay prompt that she had written for class. We went through both prompts together and we went through the essays that she wrote, discussing how to approach and how she could make her essay stronger by making her thesis clearer, more explicitly connecting her supporting evidence to her thesis, etc. Then we talked in general about strategies for the argumentative essays. We talked through a new argumentative essay prompt, discussing how to come up with a thesis and supporting evidence for it, how to organize the essay, address counterarguments, etc."
"Today, I worked with the student on completing her English project on Elizabeth Bombeck. After completing her poster board, we worked on long division and she completed a comprehension passage on Maya Angelou. I left math and reading assignments for the student to complete until we have our next session. The student was a very good student and completed the work that I left for her last week."
"The student sent me his class notes and I reviewed them with him, adding context and detail when needed. The notes are pretty well laid out as far as key terms and takeaways. He should be ready for his test."
"We went over a preliminary draft of a short research paper. We talked about how to use sources for citation, citation forms, how to make a strong introduction and conclusion, and how to explain experimental outcomes."
"The student practiced writing all of the 26 letters of the alphabet. I modeled letters for students to trace and copy. The student identified words that started with each letter/sound. We wrote words for each letter. The student formed sentences about his 8 favorite superheroes. I modeled sentences for the student to trace and write to further practice writing letters. The student read a short story about a pool, highlighted main ideas, and answered reading comprehension questions. Student's writing and phonics is improving."
"The student and I worked on his non-fiction writing. I gave him a prompt and timed him. I then asked him what he'd like to write about and gave him a few minutes to think of four different prompts. He then chose his favorite which was, "my favorite teacher is" and then he wrote that one. Once he was done, I corrected it and went over any mistakes with him. Then, we decided it would be nice to give it to her as a gift. So we got him a nice clean sheet of paper and he rewrote it neatly to give to her."