Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we continued working on the student's writing techniques. He explained to me that he struggled with his brainstorming exercise that I gave him for homework. Therefore we discussed different examples that would help guide him in the right direction. I read his pre-write and gave him ideas about how to make his topics fit the prompt that he was assigned. I gave him some time to brainstorm some more and generate some good ideas for his essay. Afterwards I instructed him to narrow down his top 3 topics and create an outline for his essay. After he completed the outline I reminded him of the tips he implemented in his first outline. After reviewing his work I gave him some more advice on how to really utilize his outline in order to create a better essay. After he made corrections and added additional information to his outline he started the same process on another writing prompt. Except this time I expected him to do it in less time. I told him to complete it for homework."
"On Tuesday, we worked on improving her essay for her writing class. This assignment was more of a memoir piece, so I offered recommendations about how to better structure her piece and how to incorporate techniques commonly used in creative non-fiction. We were able to work out a new plan for her essay, and we brainstormed various ways to alter the content to make it more in line with the requirements of the assignment. I think she will begin to see the essay process more holistically and have an easier time ordering her ideas."
"We worked on revising and editing his second college essay. We talked about finding a thesis statement and using the following paragraphs to support it."
"The student and I met on Wednesday to work on her Walt Whitman essay. She sent it to me prior to the lesson, so I prepared and uploaded a set of in depth comments, moving through each of the paragraphs. We started there, with her reading through and processing the comments, and then we worked through the list of necessary fixes, discussing grammar, organization, quotations, and analysis as we went. At the end, I referred her back to a core set of writing rules that this assignment inspired, giving her future direction for writing introductions, conclusions, and logical body paragraphs. She has all this information in a worksheet in our shared Google Docs folder."
"In this session we brainstormed and planned out the student's essay on tsunamis. She needed help with organization of her essay and the structure of the essay. As usual she was curious and responsive to my feedback. The strategy that was introduced in the session was one way to outline an essay. We need to review how to figure out how to determine what research that she must do for an essay. We'll work on this in our next session."
"We focused on the student's writing and grammar. His weekly reading summaries have been greatly improving in regards to spelling and grammar, and I aspire to keep this curve facing upwards, so we worked on the ways words are used in sentences and the definition of new vocabulary words. For homework, he is to read Chapter 13 of Things Not Seen (which I'm very glad he's a fan of) and the school-assigned pages 3-22 of Night, from which he is supposed to define vocab words and string them together to write two connected paragraphs."