Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on finding research to support the latter points in his paper and searching for a source to fulfill the journal article requirement in his rubrics. We worked on cleaning up and fleshing out the idea on his outline and deleted a few for brevity. We went through all of his sources and found applicable quotes to support his thesis and highlighted these for use."
"I quizzed the student on comprehension of Julius Caesar. Began outline for rhetorical analysis of play. Discussed aspects of rhetoric, ethos pathos and logos, and organization of rhetorical analysis. The student will finish outline/rough draft on his own, left with one paragraph and conclusion for outline. Recommended reading peers' notes, asking teacher, or checking progress with online resources. Student was successful at understanding evidence he analyzed, however he often needed direction, indicating a need for practice. Student is doing well."
"The student didn't have homework today, so we had a chance to work on fundamentals. We did an exercise out of the workbook that gave her practice identifying the main point, implied topic sentence, and supporting details. Then she made her own concept map and wrote a paragraph in which all details supported her topic sentence. She did a great job of staying on track and selecting a proper sequence for the sentences. The second half of our time we spent on vocab."
"The student got an A- on her Richard III paper. She is getting one of the highest grades in the class. Today's assignment was 8 moments in Huck Finn. She chose to focus on whether Jim is a positive or negative representation of an African-American. She selected 8 moments and I helped her locate them in the book as she needed a quote and a page number. I found the general page location and she selected quotes. We also discussed her overall framework and thesis even though the paper doesn't require it."
"We covered first draft of the student's The Great Gatsby paper. We integrated quotations, descriptions, and comparisons more effectively. She was doing well across all fronts. I left her with an article to look over. Next week we will finish editing and begin moving on to the term's final essay."
"We reviewed notes, sources and outlines, then after discussing the word 'context', I had them both work on their introductions in a free write. I read and made suggestions to their introductions and asked them to send me drafts by Saturday."
"Today we worked on organizing and qualifying quotations for his Transcendentalism/Romanticism paper. The student is good at identifying certain aspects. We also talked about organizing a paper and constructing a thesis in a way that makes the paper easier and clearer to write. I asked him to bring in his sources for the paper to go over during our next session."
"We worked on a group presentation the student has for "Things Fall Apart". He has to present info about particular important concepts or symbols from the book, specifically the compound and yams. We also went over strategies for learning vocab, and went over a few of his vocabulary words from the book."
"The student has a rough draft and final draft due this week. In preparation for that, we spent our session creating an outline, honing her thesis, and identifying passages for her to do a close reading of. I feel confident in her ability to write a well organized rough draft. I will be meeting with her again tomorrow to refine the rough draft."
"We worked on a paper the student has coming up - specifically organization and conceptualization. I did not see any grades. He was mostly struggling to firm up his argument and organize his ideas. I did not leave him with any extra practice. I don't have any concerns about this session."
"Today, the student and I worked on his "Invisible Man" essay. He already had a first draft done, so we went paragraph by paragraph and tried to analyze a bit more. His structure and writing style were good, as was his organization. We focused on taking what he already said in his draft and expanding on it and delving deeper. We also added a few more examples and rearranged two of the paragraphs to give a better flow. We also worked on taking out unnecessary "filler" sentences and instead using clear and concise sentences. With the work he put in, I think this paper will be a great reflection of his thoughtful analysis."
"Today the student and I continued to work on his essay. We went through and edited what he had and worked on searching for evidence to back up his points. He understands very well how to create an argument and back it up. The organization of his writing is neat and clean."