Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I discussed portions of her paper that her professor had asked her to revise - the sources and one content portion. She resubmitted these sections."
"During tonight's session, the student and I covered the following: completed writing assignment for English comp class, read article for comment regarding Vancouver, British Columbia and we reviewed sentence fragment worksheet."
"The student's reading assignment this week was "Why the Future Doesn't Need Us" by Bill Joy, which he read and annotated. This session, we began by analyzing the text and reviewing the author's main points and arguments. This included identifying the thesis of the article as well as labeling and deconstructing the elements of the argument. Once we finished the analysis, I gave him a prompt typical of one he would find in a college class. We used an index card method for composing his essay, beginning with an introduction paragraph (which we covered last session), a thesis paragraph, body paragraphs and a conclusion paragraph. This session was focused on writing body paragraphs, including how to find and use citations. He did well on this assignment. For next week he is to continue writing the last two body paragraphs which we would review during the next session."
"The student and I took notes on a reading he completed for homework. Then, we outlined the reading to compare and contrast ideas within it. He used this outline to write the first two paragraphs of an essay. He wrote many sentences in a row without prompt. Next session, we will continue to work on the essay and will cover more math topics, since they have been neglected in past sessions."
"The student and I used "I do, we do, she does" for the reading of chapter four of her chapter book. She was quite good at predicting events based on what has been read. We worked a little on fractions to review and then moved into writing. She is enjoying writing her narrative writing. Using the strategy of sharing the pen, she was very engaged and cooperative. Her imagination is lending itself to a very creative story. We worked on sequence of events and using different ways to begin sentences."
"The student and I used the beginning of the session to get to know one another and did one ice breaker. Some of the questions I was asking him were informal assessment style questions about his learning styles and preferences both in and out of school. He already had his rough draft almost completed, but needed help to add new content to his piece. Topic sentences and summarizing his ideas were a challenge, and something we can continue to work on next time. He should finish his concluding paragraph, and go back and add in some explanations to his writing piece. I think this session will be a good jumping off point to drive further instruction."