Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session, we worked on two things. First, we worked on an in-class essay that the student was allowed to edit to increase her grade. Mainly our work centered on her making her arguments more clear and concise. In addition, she worked on a new essay she has due this week. Mainly, she came up with a thesis, worked on her introduction, and created a plan for the rest of her essay. During this portion of the session, we worked on organization, clarity of ideas, and finding evidence to support her thesis."
"This was a long, but good meeting. We wrapped up writing the body and moved on to organizing the ideas. This involves adding introductory and topic sentences, as well as transitions. We also edited a couple places that needed more context and explanation. We are down to making an introduction out of the couple attempts we have at situating a research question and writing a conclusion."
"This week, we corrected the student's first draft of her humorous essay for her English class. The assignment was based off of "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" and was a creative writing assignment. She definitely shows improvement from last week and is an enthusiastic student who gives everything her best effort. Next week, we will review essays from her global test and basic grammar and syntax."
"Today I helped the boys prepare a study aid for their midterm. The overall attitude was positive. I provided tips on how to make different study aids to fit their needs. I left them with a study schedule to follow, leading them up to the day of the final."
"Today the student and I edited her essay. She had some questions about how to do in-text citations in the APA format. After discussing APA, I went through her essay checking for spelling, grammatical errors, and word choice. I made notes and edits about what to change to improve her essay, and we went over my suggestions. We also discussed how to navigate through Microsoft Word. In our next session, she will outline her essay for next week."
"Today the student and I focused on writing sentences, and then identifying the parts of speech within the written sentence. We focused primarily on nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs. I also gave sentence assignments. For instance, write a sentence with an adverb, a conjunction, and a clause. He showed greater understanding today on how to use commas to create subordinate and relative clauses. We have not yet begun talking specifically about what a subordinate or relative clause is, however he has become more accustomed to creating them through instinct and common sense. We are going to continue cementing the parts of speech and other sentence structures through these sentence assignments."