Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student did a great job on his homework. We took some examples from his writing and re-worked the verb tenses. We worked heavily on verb tests today, and also subject, verb and adjective sentence placement. The aim is to get the student to write the correct verb tenses and use more adjectives within his writing."
"We reviewed the progress the student has made on her thesis study design. We came up with a plan for the next steps she'll take-writing up formal summaries of each source and formatting all citations."
"We began our session today by reviewing the children's homework- each child had a reading comprehension packet. While I was checking homework, the children finished their journal writing from last week. Student 1's prompt was to introduce herself, and Student 2's prompt was to recall a memory that made him very happy. Both children wrote enthusiastically- Student 1 struggles with sentence construction and sequencing properly while Student 2 did not show any noteworthy weaknesses in his writing. His errors are age appropriate- e.g., spelling errors, omitting some information. Student 1 and I are working on sequencing information properly and differentiating writing from speaking- she has been writing her prompts like a dialogue or a narration. The three of us worked on creating their own stories using story elements (title, setting, characters, problem, solution) and proper sequencing (beginning, middle, end). We used the iPad to access an interactive tool that generates a prompt for a creative writing piece. Both children have a new prompt for homework with the following story layout: Title, Author, Setting, Characters, Beginning, Middle, End. Overall the session went well. The book series we chose to start with for our next session are: Wrinkle In Time for Student 1 and the Cam Jansen series for Student 2. Today was a great opportunity for the children to creatively practice their writing, grammar, spelling."
"The student is continuing to work on his biographical essay about Elon Musk. He seems to be having a bit of trouble with organizing the information he is gathering, so I advised him to put it all (including the URL's) on one document, so he can easily shift from one source to another as he writes. We also looked at an educational website site for general information about MLA formatting and credible sources. Wikipedia is fine for a quick overview, but he needs more primary sources. The student will send me his document (collected sources and chronological outline) so I can review it before our next session."
"The student is creative and eloquent. The only thing she really lacks in her writing is the certainty to stick with how she has chosen to express this creativity. For this assignment, she has a great deal of excellent information and vivid details. We're just going to work on shaping those things into a coherent whole."
"The student is doing great with his letters. For most of the session, we worked on letter recognition of the first 8 uppercase letters (A-H). Next session, we will add in the corresponding lowercase letters, and practice more rigorously writing each of those 8 letters. He is enjoying writing in his composition book, and still seems enthusiastic about the material."