Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we reviewed the student's scientific essay that he submitted for his internship program. As I read through the essay, I was very pleased with his writing. I saw that he had very good transitions and the essay was cohesive and unified. He stated that he was pleased with the essay and was starting to see a dramatic change in his writing. He said the director of his internship program did not have a lot of corrections about the essay. Next, I gave him some time to revise his essay assignment that I gave him last session. I told him to take his time and really proofread the essay for grammar, spelling, transitions, and punctuation errors. Afterwards, I read through his essay. I gave him some advice about transitions and sentence reorganization during our discussion of his essay. Next we reviewed concepts that are relevant to the PSAT. We started with a discussion on modifiers. I asked the student the definition of modifiers and asked him to give me some examples of modifiers. We discussed the correct placement of modifiers and how their placement can help or hinder the sentence structure. After he grasped this concept, we discussed adjectives and adverbs. I introduced him to different examples that contain the correct and incorrect placement of the specific modifier. I asked him questions as we discussed the material to make sure he was comprehending everything. As we went through the material I gave him a chance to copy down notes. I also explained the significance of learning the material and how it relates to the PSAT. I spoke to his mother and she explained that she read over his essay that he submitted to his internship, and she was really impressed with his writing."
"The student was assigned a writing and reading assignment over the week. He was to read an entry from Wikipedia on the American Dream and then to watch a short video entitled "The American Dream is Alive and it's Really Tiny," about a couple who chose to live in a "tiny house". He was then to write a response synthesizing what he read and viewed. During the session, we read his response out loud and he walked me through his writing process. He shows improvement in writing and in particular in spelling, showing that when he puts time into his writing, spelling is not so much an issue. We went over proper citation when using Wikipedia (don't cite directly from Wikipedia, instead use scholarly references found through Wikipedia's own citations). I then gave the student another prompt, this one about the humor in the title of the video. We talked through processing the question and response and then he wrote a short response. We went over the structure of writing a short response. Lastly, we went over his homework once more, this time to recognize, diagnose and fix grammatical and "flow" mistakes. In session, he is making strides. The student is to produce two short writings this week, one on the last book he read and the other a press release type writing."
"Today the student and I talked more about outlining and about his Doc1 essay. I feel confident that he is ready for a very good rewrite of this essay."
"Today, the student worked on completing a project for the novel The Selection. She created 3 questions of higher-level thinking, and then answered those questions based on the events of the novel. Her homework is to finish the 2 page paper for us to revise on Thursday before it is due on Friday. I will also be e-mailing a list of words for her to work on in order to boost her ACT/PSAT/SAT scores."
"Today, the student worked on their homework packet, which covered writing the letters "H" and "P" in uppercase and lowercase. The student struggled with the consistency of the length and width of the letters, but after explaining where in the lines they should fall, she improved greatly. After, we did some light reading. There were five sight words that we reviewed and that reoccurred in the story. Later, the student was asked to retell what she learned from the story. She did that exercise very well. Along the reading exercise, she was also asked to count how many times certain words reappeared; hence, practicing her numbers. She was very cooperative this session!"
"Today, we covered prepositions, participles, subordinate conjunctions, coordinating conjunctions, subjects, verbs, and all of the respective phrases. He did an exceptional job locating the subjects and verbs compared to last week. Because of this, he was able to discern comma placement much more easily. On the Forrest Gump paper, however, many of the comma issues persisted. There seems to be a disconnect between looking at a sentence and knowing where to place to the comma, and then writing a sentence with the commas placed correctly. Retrospectively, he seems to know what to do, but in the moment of writing, he struggles. I think next time I will provide him with a topic and ask that he write a sentence or two on that topic using a particular phrase."