Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed the homework I assigned - reading comprehension exercises, and essay. I assigned homework for our next session."
"I worked with the student on developing his essay. We got a better sense of the whole and about two thirds through the rough draft."
"The student preferred to begin with writing a longer essay, so we began by brainstorming some situations that responded to the prompt. After coming up with a few ideas, we eliminated those that either had too little detail to write about or were not closely aligned with the prompt. We then created a rough draft based on the outline of that idea, which we went through twice and edited to produce a finished essay just under the 300-word limit. I thought the student did very well, especially with choosing specific phrases - her rhetorical abilities are definitely high for a student her age."
"The student's dad requested that today we concentrate on writing. Specifically he asked that we work to improve her use of comma; he feels as though her comma usage is excessive in a lot of her writings. The first thing that we did in the session was to cover the rule for using commas. We extended our grammar lesson by talking about how to make sentences stronger using appropriate description."
"The student's goal for our session was to gain focus and direction for her genre analysis of online travel brochures. This was largely accomplished by encouraging her to think of the brochures as information and image-intensive advertisements aimed at selling a particular experience. This allowed us to shift her focus away from the brochure's viewer and to the text itself for a more thorough analysis of the means by which a brochure markets travel as a product. During our session, we completed her paper's introduction and laid the groundwork for the analysis that will make up its body."
"The student's mother asked that I focus on his spelling a bit more. First, we went over the words, he had no problems reading the complete list. From this point on my focus was spelling. I began by teaching him a new strategy to learn how to spell the words. We went through a couple of strategies, and we picked which one seemed to work best for him. By the end of the session he could verbally spell the first ten words on the list."