Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We began our session with a review of a previously written narrative. We discussed the rubric and standards the teacher used and compared it to her story. The student discovered she was under utilizing her spell check and needed to spend time reading her story aloud, looking and listening for possible errors or areas of improvement. We also discussed the necessity of having a family member read her work before final submission. We spent the second half working on the preparation work required to write a narrative. Although our time together is new, I have noticed a few areas I would like to address outside of writing essays, i.e., consonant blends, word recognition, as well as punctuation, especially the proper use of quotation marks.."
"The student presented me with a story written spontaneously after reading a story in a collection by Raymond Carver. It was a good story, showing a command of style and language more advanced than anything I have seen so far. We discussed the piece and the project she is engaged with, that is, searching to find what she wants to write about and which medium of language she will choose. It was a very good session, and I have set her a number of tasks for homework during the coming week."
"Today the student finished writing her history paper. She wrote a great conclusion, worked some new quotations in, and overall formatted her paper. She finished writing it and sent it to me to proofread. I will wake up early tomorrow to make sure I edit it well before the 2:00 PM deadline."
"The student asked me to help her with a paper she had to complete for class. She had written the paper but wanted to expand and make it longer and better. We focused on more complete thoughts and added sentences. We even made the concluding paragraph stronger. She was very happy with her paper after we were done and said she loved working with me!! Great session and great client!"
"When I first met with this student, I read a writing sample, a short narrative he had written for his ELA class. As I read it, I noticed that he struggled with capitalization and run-on sentences. Subsequently, I gave him a short lesson on capitalization and then provided him with a short paragraph that had a lot of capitalization errors. I asked him to correct all of the capitalization mistakes, which he managed to do successfully. Finally, we moved on to run-on sentences. I provided him with a reading that contained many numerous run-on sentences. As we read through it, I asked him to point out the sentences that needed to be cut short. He did well with this. Next week, we are going to focus on run-on sentences for the first 15 or 20 minutes of our session, and spend the rest of our time focusing on his assignments."
"The student and I worked on his paper for English on Cannery Row. We completed edits, verified his sources, made adjustments to his thesis and the structure of his paragraphs, and he completed his final draft to turn in."