Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Final session. The student wrote an essay on John Steinbeck's story "How Mr. Hogan Robbed a Bank."ù His writing is greatly improved, both on its technical merits and narrative development. One area in which he can gain the most is in content, where adding a sentence or two here and there to provide the reader additional context and information will strengthen the points he is making in his essay. He has shown great motivation, and says he is excited about beginning the new school year. I gave him a handout on writing and metaphors and we discussed them. We also had a continuing discussion of how he is developing his calendar and time management practices for the coming school year. It's been a delight working with him!"
"Tonight we reviewed the student's extra practice test. She was then assigned a writing prompt and we worked out an online together. I left her with the outline so that she can continue to write on her own."
"Continued to work on his college essay, focusing on organization and adding interesting evidence to support his statements."
"We studied for the student's theology final. We made note cards for her to practice the questions she didn't remember. We also talked about some mnemonic devices to help her remember facts, as well as drawing a picture for each concept that she can relate to the information, which will help her remember the info. We practiced the note cards together until she felt confident for the test."
"We took a deeper look at paragraph 1 of the student's essay. He spent most of the session on the conclusion. At the end of the session, I emailed him a task list. He should complete it before our online session on Wednesday."
"We totally finished the portfolio, much to the relief of all. After that, we worked some on test prep, focusing on some reading comprehension that the student was struggling with. I taught the student how to place himself in the author's position (role playing) so he can understand their intent in trying to write the passage. I think this will help him clarify what he can infer from the passages and will help him answer the questions which are asking him to make educated guesses about the readings."