Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I alternated with both students. I gave the first student a writing assignment of going through the 5 steps of writing: pre-write, draft, revise, proof read and publish. I gave her an editorial about elephants being discontinued in the Ringling Brothers Circus. She read it, and we worked together on the pre-write. While she worked on the draft of the introduction, I worked on grammar with the second student. We reviewed 10 pages of pronoun usage and matching verbs with subjects and then he took 2 oral quizzes. They both are to finish writing a 3 paragraph essay from their editorials for next session."
"In today's session we began with a writing warm up. I placed statements on post it notes and the students had to write sentences explaining if they agreed or not. We moved on to word work and grammar focusing on changing the tense of words by adding "ing". We also worked on how to correctly use this tense of words in sentences. I modeled an example, then had them work on their own. We also did a bit of creative writing, working on acrostic poems and find descriptive words."
"Student A: We talked again about subordinate/dependent clauses and why they are important to recognize. She is really starting to grasp the concept. She catches onto things very quickly! Student B: We talked through ways to fine tune your writing again. We have been talking about the importance of understanding sentence structure and being very choosy with your word choice in order to captivate your audience. He is a good writer as well. I have seen a lot of progress in both."
"We worked on another section of the paper, keeping in mind the following: word choice, keeping sentences simple, and making sure every paragraph directly supports the thesis. We're making good progress."
"We talked about goals during our first session: improving reading comprehension, helping her think concepts through to their most sophisticated version, organizing thoughts into essays, and correcting drafts for grammar. Then we did a close reading together of the essay "The White Bird" by John Berger, and I guided her through writing a precis of the piece. She has an essay due comparing that reading to another one by Berger. We both felt she comprehended the essay very well. Next week, we plan to look at another essay by Berger that will be the topic of her paper as well as go over a four-page response paper that she will have submitted to her teacher and will serve as the basis for the longer paper."
"The student shared with me the portion of her paper she had written. We reviewed the outline we had created and together came up with a new, specific topic question for her to focus on. Additionally, we researched and came up with a list of sources for her to use to write her paper. We came up with a timeline and editing plan with the goal of having a final draft of her capstone done by Friday."
"The student and I went over an open-book test she'd taken. She'd done well in general, but we looked at some areas of improvement. For homework, she will be making notes of chapters 1-3 in her history textbook, and we will review those and use them to help her study for taking the test without the book. She also took a PSAT reading comprehension and composition diagnostic test. We went over it in some detail, and I will be sending her further commentary on it."
"The student and I reviewed his updated outline and bibliography, proofreading for inconsistencies and potential weaknesses, as well as clarity of writing. We discussed expectations for his final draft and agreed on times to meet in future to review this and other projects/ papers coming up through the end of the semester."
"We discussed what author the student should write a paper on for her American Novelists class. She can write two 7 page papers for her final project. We did not land on a final author, but brainstormed on Nathaniel Hawthorne and others."
"We continued our work from our previous session. The student has to go through the work we completed, add a few more details to one paragraph and cite her references APA style. I will check her work when she is done."
"Today we specifically covered the student's literature review data matrix, and went through specific content to make sure it was correct. We covered concepts including sample size, outcome variables, and conclusions. We also covered some basic APA formatting rules. The student was responsive and took notes. He will go through the articles and the data matrix table again to review. Once that is complete, we will meet again online on Friday to finalize the data matrix and move on with the rest of the assignment."
"Today, the student brought in a more complete version of his paper. We went through it and revised what he had brought in, changed certain formats, and replaced some key words. He created the formatting of the paper with a professional cover page, page of contents, and citations page. I gave him tips and techniques to polish his essay. If all goes well, I hope to finish his essay in the next session."