Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I finished the rough draft for her term paper during this session. She has worked on the paper over the weekend, so we continued where she left off. We worked on the last part of the body of the paper and then formed a conclusion. After this, we completed the bibliography."
"The student and I worked for most of the time on her application for an internship. In this, as in other subjects, she is very insightful but seems to need some prodding to help her vocalize and form an argument from her thoughts. She was interested in getting the internship, but had trouble telling me why. She was, as always, eager to learn. We worked on a couple different note-taking methods that should help her to organize her thoughts in future writing. We went on to talk about Macbeth, which she's reading for school, and discussed some parallels between that play and some current events. I asked her to write a letter to Macbeth, from Lady Macbeth's point of view, to justify the Lady Macbeth's behavior throughout the play."
"Today we reviewed rather intensively for a test that the student had on Islam and its history. We reviewed his teacher's study guide, and several documents that I prepared for this review session. I expect him to perform very well on this exam, as he has a firm grasp on the themes and concepts."
"We used crayons to draw a picture of a school bus at a stop sign, with some grass growing on the ground and the sun in the sky. Then we practiced spelling, using colors and alliteration to reinforce spelling and reading (e.g., "Green grass grows in brown ground" with the first 3 words in green crayon, and the last 3 words in brown)."
"We went over a free writing assignment, did 1 re-do assignment, and went over history vocabulary. The student is consistent in completing his assignments in a timely manner and is able to understand the materials clearly."
"We went over a paper the student had already written. We focused mainly on the structure: how to write an effective introduction, body paragraph, and conclusion. His body paragraphs were pretty good. He seems to be struggling the most with his introduction and conclusion (mostly the intro). I'm trying to reduce the structure to an ABC format. Thesis: A, B, and C prove [argument]. Paragraph 1 will be about A. Paragraph 2 will be about B. Paragraph 3 will be about C. The conclusion will summarize A, B, and C and restate the [argument]."