Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student had a math assignment that required him to write a formal business report about a mathematical formula he derived to solve a practical problem. He had already created the formula and a rough draft. I read the assignment, and then reviewed the rubric with him to asses his understanding of expectations. He set his own expectation to be B level work since he did not know mathematically how to address the problem in a second way that would merit an A. Therefore, we focused on the necessary components to make a B on the assignment. I reviewed his draft and instead of correcting it, wrote questions next to areas that needed correction, expansion, or clarification. He then walked through the draft, and I prompted him with questions as he rewrote and revised. After he revised each incident of correction, expansion, and clarification, I stopped and asked him why this needed to be added or changed to check his understanding. There was a small portion involving a chart and graph that needed to be added to the document, but his mother said that she could help him with this. I did not leave him with any work but set up a new plan to meet with him more regularly to assist with study habits and organization."
"We worked on building a topic sentence and also reviewed the thesis statement as well as hit some knowledge gaps in world history."
"We identified a thesis for her personal statement and went through and made revisions to keep the thread of the thesis strong and clear."
"We recapped our previous session, and we then reviewed and discussed the paper the student wrote psychologically analyzing the character Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye. He provided a solid analysis of the material but had difficulty developing a focused thesis statement clearly presenting his ideas to support it. He was receptive and eager to learn throughout the session, and he demonstrated solid improvement by the end of the session. I provided structured notes to reinforce writing skills and strategies I had taught him, which he can reference when he writes his next essay. I highly recommend a further tutoring session for when he writes his next paper."
"The student did really well in this session. She finished up reading a book about inventions in Spanish and began to read a new one about Christmas and posadas. She is getting stronger in pronunciation and reading Spanish words."
"During the student's lesson I helped him compose a narrative essay using similes, alliterations, and other narrative tools to create a story based on his view of the 1950's. His story included four topics, including clothing, W.E.B. Dubois, and his advancement of educational equality among African-Americans during the respective time period. We then tied the essay together by utilizing the "magic three." He is doing well."