Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"When I first arrived, I asked the student how his poetry presentation had gone last week. He was very proud: he had received an A on the assignment, and I praised him for doing such a great job. Today he had written a research paper on an area he was considering for a possible career: radio broadcasting. We began work at 2:45. I read the paper through in order to get an overview of his writing. Overall, he had done a pretty good first draft, and I told him so. Then we began a paragraph-by-paragraph discussion of some of the ways he might strengthen his writing: we discussed correcting faulty pronoun references, subordinating material that did not directly "prove" or "illustrate" his topic sentence, and correcting possible errors in his bibliography at the end of the paper. He told me he had gotten a great deal of source information from the web, but his bibliographical entries omitted the exact web addresses. I later emailed citation information about how to execute such entries when some information was available and some not. I left him at 3:45 and told him that if he needed more help, just let me know."
"Today was our first session. We discussed her English background and her goals at improving her conversation skills. We had a great time talking and discussing new vocabulary words."
"We spent today's session planning and beginning an essay for his history class comparing Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. He had a packet of contemporaneous news clippings to cite. We began by discussing the key differences in King and Malcolm X's philosophies. I helped him think more objectively as he identified the strengths and weaknesses of the two approaches. He completed a draft of the introduction and first body paragraph during the session. He will email me a complete draft for review before turning it in."
"The student and I started our session with some English homework. He wanted me to look over something he worked on for English class. We then started working on a writing assignment about robots and how a future will be with robots. We went over a few articles I found beforehand, took notes, and made an outline together. He then started working on the essay."
"Today we went over our expectations for our tutoring sessions, including writing exercises and ISEE test preparation. We did a writing exercise that focused on using sensory language and active verbs, rather than stative verbs. We also corrected any spelling mistakes that we found. Then we went over worksheets covering the same subjects. Then at the end of the session, we went over how to write essays using a basic tri-part structure. The student's overall attitude was positive and focused. I left him with an essay topic for him to practice the tri-part structure on."
"The student and I edited his essay together. We worked on organization, clarity, grammar, and punctuation. Then he showed me an essay for school, and we discussed how he could improve it. He will come up with some ideas for next time."