Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on the rough draft of her history term paper this session. We worked on assembling the body paragraphs using the points from her outline and the note cards she has previously done. We were able to complete the first third of the body of the paper."
"In this primary meeting, I looked over a few samples of her writing and get a sense of what she might need to work on. She is very bright and has an aptitude for analysis. We made a list of three main skills to focus on in our sessions: summarizing thoughts in introductory/conclusion, proving a thesis, and smoothing transitions between ideas. She brought an outline and introductory paragraph from a midterm assignment for English. I read it over and lead a discussion about her writing process. She expressed needing some help getting her point across without repetition of ideas. I suggested a more formal outline with specific examples from the text lined up for each body paragraph. Next session she will bring the full essay for me to read over."
"We wrote the thesis for his paper and created a rough draft for the supporting paragraphs. We discussed the theme of isolation and compared and contrasted how mental and physical isolation shaped the characters psyche and interactions with society."
"We started the session with me writing "I like" on the student's notebook. I asked her to draw pictures of everything she liked. Under each picture she drew, I would write the name of the object she liked. Afterwards I had her complete the sentence using my starter sentence. Afterwards we did some reading while practicing the sounds of letters in words she couldn't pronounce."
"We started the session, as usual, with ten minutes of free writing. Then we worked on editing the first draft of the student's first analytical essay. He's comparing two poems for this one. He already had an introduction and the first paragraph written, so we dug into the two poems to plan out the rest of the essay. We found at least three ideas for him to work with and wrote out an outline for the essay using the standard five-paragraph essay format. We then edited his intro paragraph and the first paragraph so he will have a basis for how to write the other paragraphs."
"We started with synonym questions. We then practiced reading, and the student read 2 short stories and answered questions about them. We also studied some vocabulary and applied it to sentences. He then wrote a paragraph about a topic."