Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During today's session, we continued working on the essay the student's been completing on coming-of-age and The Wizard of Earthsea. We spent today working to fully draft and write those body paragraphs. For Thursday, his goal should be to make sure that all of those body paragraphs are fully connected to his thesis statement."
"We reviewed the student's last two compositions, which she received A's on. We went over her teacher's comments and reviewed her progress and challenges. She has no trouble finding great ideas and using good evidence from the text; she continues to work on organizational techniques, incorporating quotations in her writing, and using clear and uncomplicated sentence structure. She is making excellent progress and I enjoy working with her."
"The student and I continued to work on his essay about "The Odyssey", which is due on Monday. He had already found multiple excerpts (as I assigned him to do), and we used those to outline his paper. We finished the outline and we're going to meet again on Sunday to go over his essay. I asked him to write the entire thing before we meet again, so that we can focus on revisions."
"We continued working on the student's essay on the Odyssey. We worked on finding specific examples of text that support each of his main ideas, and we worked on inserting analysis into each paragraph as well. He is working hard to find quotes to put into his essay that accurately support the point he wants to make."
"This Wednesday, the student arrived with both proper materials and his planner. He read his sources, and he chose from them quotes which he would use in the body of his paper. He later drafted a body paragraph using the quotes he had found and the content he had outlined before Thanksgiving."
"We worked on the student's writing assignment on the poem "Space is My Mistress." I helped him to talk more in detail about the poem, its language, and how to organize those thoughts into a journal entry. He will complete that journal entry and email it to me for review. In French, we worked on the conjugations of "avoir" and "etre.""
"We reviewed some writing assignments, and also some more advanced grammar and comprehension assignments. She was outstanding throughout all of this. Her performance was outstanding. Our next session will include "how to write on introduction paragraph," as we are taking a section by section look into writing a great paper. I have confidence that she will do well."
"Today we began writing the student's 3 page paper on the Catcher in the Rye. He had no problem writing a thesis or giving me 3 points to support it. Once we tweaked the direction of his paper, he felt much more confident supporting his ideas. She is much stronger at finding specific passages or quotes in the book compared to previous readings and had strong recollections of classroom discussions."
"The student had a paper that he needed to write on To Kill a Mockingbird today. He already had the gist of it completed, but needed some help on how to put the paper together properly. We went over MLA format for his citations as well, and he was able to complete the paper."
"Today we went over new vocab words from the student's fun reading, as well as a worksheet that I made on finding the theme. The last 20 minutes we spent working on word choice by looking at two entries he wrote in his writing notebook. Overall the student is making great progress. Next week we will go over his essay that I got today and will grade, and go over a word choice homework assignment that I asked him to complete."
"He is preparing for his final exam in grammar and mechanics. He worked through old homework as a review, and I explained grammar terms and functions he didn't understand. We covered independent and dependent clauses, compound subjects and verbs, and compound-complex sentences in addition to various other grammatical definitions."
"The student and I had our first session today, which began with a discussion of her strengths in writing and areas she wanted to improve. We did a few assessment exercises, reviewed rhetorical devices and strategies, and practicing using questioning to develop complex ideas for our writing. Following this, we worked on an upcoming persuasive speech she was assigned, creating a detailed outline for her to work off when revising her draft."