Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed the requirements for the personal statement that she needs to write to be accepted to psychology clinicals after grad school. She already had a statement prepared for me to review, so she and I went through her first draft and made improvements to her opening paragraph."
"The student and I first talked about the first chapter of her History book. She talked about how she is re-reading the class's novel. She brought up a book she read, that has a great deal of meta-commentary throughout. Then, we went over the paragraphs that she wrote. Her introductory paragraph was great. We then talked about how, in every paragraph she writes after the introduction, a good writer ties the thesis statement in. I asked her to finish the paper for next week and to really get it done. It does not matter as much that it be perfect, as that she begin to write a complete argument with an intro, a body, and a conclusion."
"We discussed general needs of the students today, discussing their desire to master advanced grammar rules, improve email writing, and possibly prepare for GRE testing. We discussed "on" vs. "in," the usage of "either/or," general clarity, and how to deal with subtlety and implications in writing emails. For the next session we will plan to review some writing that they have done between now and then. We will do timed writing sessions to help them feel more confident about writing quickly, and I will be suggesting further materials to help with grammar. We will also be talking about idiom and the use of "on" in contexts other than "on top of something," for instance "on time," "on the way," or "he's onto something.""
"The student read a passage by C.S. Lewis and worked on vocabulary. During reading we talked about punctuation, capitalization and quotation marks."
"The student read a passage entitled Lady Liberty. I stopped her periodically to assist with challenging words. There were 15 short-answer questions after the passage. I prompted her to use complete sentences. She also read an informational passage about tennis called Tennis Time. She read well and answered the questions easily. In math, she had multiplication and division of decimals for homework. She did well with this assignment!"
"The student read Amber Brown Is Green with Envy chapter one and two. He read with fluency. He started writing his final copy of his birthday story. His ability to self correct is improving."