Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"After discussing the student's needs with him and his mother, I decided to have him write a practice essay. He wrote about why he wants to become a car designer. He made a web of reasons and wrote a paragraph based on each reason. He wrote a conclusion as well. We worked on drawing the various topics back into one argument at the end. Next time we will do the introduction and then work together on editing the essay. He already has some tools and strategies to deal with writing, but would benefit from some more, so that's what we'll work on."
"The student and I spent the session reviewing her outline for her history research paper. We discussed examples from her note cards and summarized them in the appropriate section. She then wrote topic sentences for the paragraphs in her outline."
"The student had no particular assignments today. We looked over a project she is working on (her progress is impressive) and discussed ways to improve the presentation. We discussed the AP style testing (mainly mentorship) and talked about working ahead and being prepared. We spent the latter portion of the session discussing SAT persuasive essay prompts and how to answer the prompts concisely. We identified her greatest difficulty: narrowing down a broad idea into a concise point that backs up the thesis. I suggested that she work on her current prompt and share her ideas with me before writing it up."
"We worked on editing the student's essay homework, specifically his introduction paragraph and the first body paragraph. We focused on editing and trying to keep his sentences from getting too wordy. It was a lot of cutting and simplifying his phrasing. We worked together to come up with new sentences and I introduced him to using the thesaurus when writing a paper. We did get a little stuck on the first body paragraph. I, personally, did not understand exactly what his teacher was asking from him. I asked the student to make sure it is clarified so I can be of better assistance with the body paragraphs of his essay. However, we did come up with the main points he will be introducing in his paragraph, and even found a quote (evidence, as his teacher suggested) to use."
"We worked on editing the student's own papers using an outline strategy. He received some feedback from his teacher on creating anticipation. So, we talked about how to go step by step during the most climactic part of his story instead of saying what happened in one sentence."
"We worked on finishing the final draft of the Jefferson essay. The student and I worked on flow, connecting ideas, elaboration of concepts [from abstract to concrete], and punctuation. He did a great job on his first and second drafts. He takes constructive comments very positively, putting ideas into action."