Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we reviewed how to organize thoughts prior to writing. We also practiced developing a thesis statement and ensuring that all of the analysis and evidence tie back into the thesis."
"We worked on editing a short essay that the student had written in class as practice for the test. I showed her how to outline an essay and how to form a thesis. I believe a lot of progress was made!"
"The student and I spent this session just working on writing skills. As a stylistic technique, I had him practice crafting sentences beginning with an adverbial clause or with a gerund. This is to help him learn to vary sentence structure rather than always opening with subject and verb. Then we did an exercise in creative writing which involved making an outline for a story from a comic strip without words. He made the outline and for his homework he is going to write the story since we only had time to do the first paragraph of the story during our session."
"The student and I continued to work on the essays for her Russian history class. We improved unclear sections of writing and corrected some grammatical errors (for example, many verbs were not in the past tense that should have been). Then, we worked through a place in the writing where she was stuck, and mapped out how she could finish the essay. She felt prepared to finish the essay tonight."
"The student and I continued work on argumentative essay-writing. He started to set out on one topic which he had picked merely because it was easy; after debating the arguments he would set forth in his paper, he decided to write on a more challenging and thought-provoking subject. We were able to make some progress toward a discussion of essay organization, which is an area I can see he needs to work on. For next week, he should complete a 2-3 page essay on the topic he picked--whether or not violence is ever justified in the service of political causes. It will be essential that he get something down on paper for our next session in order for us make the most progress possible in our sessions."
"The student and I covered 'Seedfolks' introductions of characters and how the author changes his diction to reflect diversity of characters' personalities and thoughts. He needed help with providing evidence for his claims, so we went over that in detail. I used study strategies including looking at the main idea or message of a text and finding passages that provide evidence of that message. For extra practice, he will finish answering surface questions and the chart in the 'Seedfolks' packet before next week."