Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student has selected JRR Tolkien's "The Hobbit" as his first novel. I outlined his required journal activities - for the first two weeks, tasks are limited to summarizing and vocabulary exercises. We then reviewed verb tenses when writing about literature (comparing past, present and future tenses). This progressed into a lesson about conjugation of copular verbs in English."
"Our session began with an overview of the girls' writing for school, covering the struggles they have with writing assignments and the parents' concerns. Next, I met with each girl individually so I could talk with them more personally about their current processes and concerns about writing. Both students struggle with using the writing process effectively. With both sisters, we talked about the different steps of the writing process and why they are useful. More importantly, we talked about how each step covers different purposes and that skipping or mushing them together will not only not reach the desired result, but also can be discouraging. (For example, editing an idea blast/brainstorm writing as a first or second draft.) Both are struggling with idea development and organization. Today we focused on idea development in pre-writing, and both should have their pre-writing and first organization ready for next session. We also talked more about details and process. They were surprised to see how writing for history and English are nearly identical. We talked about the purpose of the parts of the essay and the overall goal of the writer. Then, we looked briefly at outlining and the introduction paragraph."
"Today, the student finished writing her last essay, a summary of several passages from the Bible. We also did some work on revising the earlier essays, as I made some corrections and comments throughout and asked her for clarification in places where I wasn't quite sure what she was going for."