Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We finished reviewing the student's essay by combing over the draft looking for grammar and argumental tweaks to make. Towards the end, she worked on her personal statement for college and I reviewed it."
"2nd meeting. This session focused on more revision of the student's long research paper. I reviewed the paper before the session and then discussed my thoughts with her. It is due in a week and a half."
"We started our session with a five-minute "free write." I asked the student to write about her day or what she was feeling. After the warm-up, we got to work on outlining. Last week we came up with three essay topics she might like to write about, all persuasive essays. She had written two outlines, but I felt it might help to go over what we had done and focus on organization. She re-wrote an outline with a little more detail and structure. In the last part of the session, she turned this outline into a short essay. She was pleased with how quickly she was able to write after making a detailed plan. For our next session, I plan to have her to do a full essay -- from brainstorming to outlining to writing -- in one hour. I think doing this activity quickly and repeatedly will help demystify the writing process and build confidence in her ability to express ideas. I will pay special attention to organization. There are a few brainstorming activities I think she would benefit from, specifically activities that focus on sorting ideas into categories."
"Today was an excellent session with the student. We began with me rattling of a list of about ten vocabulary words for him to practice spelling. We then defined the words, and he practiced writing five sentences with each sentence containing two of the vocab words. One of his sentences involved two secret agents who were having an argument with one another. We decided to expand on this sentence, and he began a short story about the argument between these two secret agents. This opened him up to write more freely and gave him the opportunity to think more creatively in our session. I think we will continue using fiction writing as a practice tool and as a means of expression."
"Today we worked on forming paragraphs from questions. When we discussed the formation of the essay, the student was aware of the things needed to be done, like using transition words and phrases. He then went to his homework assignment for chemistry, where he had to write a real article about a fake chemical. Because he really enjoys chemistry, he was very excited about this paper."
"Today we worked on paragraph writing, using sensory details, precise language, revision, and editing. I had the student do a practice essay with the timer. She finished very quickly (12 minutes); however, her sentences were very short and without many details. We worked together to fill out her paragraphs and add more information. We also did a review of what makes a narrative essay more interesting for the reader and added characters and a conflict to her essay. She did a great job."