Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student has gotten on top of his work, and he can now view his assignments online. We added major tests, papers, etc. to his calendar, which will hopefully get him to stay on top of his work. He has a big paper coming up on the 20th, and the teacher has given him the option of submitting a rough draft on the 12th, which I have encouraged him to do. We started discussing the possibility of raising his grade, he picked a topic, and together we outlined it and talked about how to organize the material."
"The student had two short stories (half a page to a page and a half) to write for English. She needed to choose two very specific moments to write about, and she had finished one before I arrived about moving into her first house. The second she was unsure on a topic, but we did some brainstorming before she settled on writing about getting her first electric guitar. Once she has an idea down for creative writing, she's really starting to excel at it. She used to struggle with coming up with different ways to describe a scene, particularly ways to show and not tell, but she did a great job with this story. She is also getting much better at being aware of her grammar as she goes. I emphasized again to be aware of run-on sentences or comma splices in places where she needs to create two sentences and creating new paragraphs for each line of dialogue."
"The student and I spent our session this evening working on an English paper that he was writing on The Odyssey. He was already well-prepared for the essay, which was based on a prompt we worked together on previously. He had his thesis ready, so we were able to spend our time discussing the supportive arguments and finding quotes from the original text. We did some investigative research together on terms from the text to better inform his paper, and also discussed the logistics of integrating quotations and explaining them in academic writing. We also discussed the benefits of two-part titles, which the student was previously unfamiliar with. By the end of the session, he had a solid essay with great evidence to support his thesis. As always, he was engaged, fun, and generally a joy to work with. He has a natural curiosity that flourishes with a little encouragement, and I am thrilled to see him becoming increasingly interested in his coursework."
"We continued to work through the boys' workbooks. For next time, Student G will continue working on the reading exercises. Student V will write a 5-paragraph essay based on the persuasive essay prompt that was provided (including a completed outline)."
"We talked a little about organizing the student's papers, but mostly we worked on writing his final paper. He had difficulty narrowing his paper, but with help was able to. He broke the paper into sections, outlined it, and write a rough draft that he is going to fill in with research. He did learn some of the tools available on his computer and worked with them with more skill."
"The student was able to connect concepts we've been covering to edits we made on his latest paper. Writing about tennis was a great way to get him excited about the material. His ability to write detailed scenes and coherent thoughts improved dramatically when he felt emotionally invested in the material. We're going to continue to write about tennis, but weave in more academically focused assignments so that he can apply the concepts of style and grammar to both sides of his interest."