Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During this session, I also worked with the student on his history research assignment. I helped him narrow the focus of his research. Some of the research he had in his outline did not directly pertain to his argument, so he deleted all of the research that did not support his argument. He then spent the majority of the session filling in the holes in his research. I helped direct him and organize his research, but the student did an excellent job taking initiative and sifting through his sources for the information he needed to add to his outline on Urey's scientific research and involvement in the development of the atomic bomb. Once the student completed his research, we spent the rest of the session discussing how to transition from the outline stage of the writing process to the rough draft. I instructed the student to erase all of the letters and Roman numerals in his outline and organize his outline into paragraphs. I then told him to look for spots in his writing that read as a list or lack smooth transitions from idea to idea and paragraph to paragraph. We concluded the session discussing what makes a strong paragraph and read examples of well structured paragraphs online. For next session, the student is to come prepared with a copy of his rough draft. Overall, the student did an excellent job during our session and was attentive and hard working. He still needs to work more on maintaining a narrow focus in his writing. I look forward to reading his rough draft next session."
"Today we reviewed the student's homework. It was 4-5 pages total, and did not take very long. He was familiar with all the words in the unit by the end of the activity."
"The student completed math homework on plane and solid objects and on writing. We continue to work on handwriting letters starting at the top and working down."
"The student and I read over some of his chosen sources and began outlining an answer to his essay question. By the end of the session, we had about a quarter of the essay done. He seemed really on top of his analysis, and we will have to work to bring in as many quotations as possible to beef up the evidence in his essay."
"The student and I reviewed her homework due this week and next, and discovered that she has less to do than anticipated. Since her next assignment for English isn't due for a few weeks, we reviewed an article for her U.S. History class. This class is giving her some anxiety because she needs to learn both the historical concepts and engage in theoretical discussions about how to interpret history, which is a new idea for her. We read half of a theoretical article due on Monday. She was able to highlight key points, and we then discussed the implications of the author's argument, which she then summarized and annotated on the article. While the theoretical perspectives of history may be new to her, she has been addressing similar ideas in her English class over the past year, so I am certain that she will manage this material well."
"The student and I reviewed his one page essay on Of Mice and Men. We went over con and pro points (proof positive vs. negative arguments) and how to construct a solid argumentative essay using both throughout."