Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, we discussed the first two pages of the student's draft of his research paper, using his teacher's comments on his first draft as a guide. I gave some suggestions for revisions throughout for grammar and formatting, as well as a number of content-related revisions. The student was reluctant to dive into the major revisions his teacher's comments called for, but we made some significant changes, cutting out some summary and including more analysis, and trying to get the thesis to make a bit more sense, as it now incorporates both stories."
"We made a lot of progress is improving the intelligibility and persuasive rigor of the student's essay. He is identifying redundancy much more readily, which is a good sign. I have encouraged him to practice reading and contemplating difficult material, which will help in his writing and reading comprehension as well."
"Today the student worked on 3/6 writing traits for effective writers. We covered voice, word choice, and sentence fluency. In each of these three segments, we read example essays and sentences and analyzed what made them powerful, flowing, and descriptive. He and I discussed the proper use of semi-colons and I introduced alliteration and consonance to him. We also explored the 4 parts of a sentence and wrote samples that included a lead-in, main, in-between, and add-on to add spice and flavor to sentences. I gave him a homework assignment of writing a descriptive essay on someone he admires (he chose Thomas Edison) which includes strong voice, powerful word choice, and a variety of sentences. This assignment asks him to use a semi colon properly twice, alliteration and consonance once, and to avoid certain unoriginal and general words such as like, good, bad, said, fun, and great. I look forward to reading this essay!"
"The student and I worked through several reading comprehension passages, with a focus on context and detail retention. He did particularly well on the natural science and humanities passages. He struggled a bit with the tone of the humanities passage, so we focused on reading between the lines to interpret author's goals, purpose, and attitudes."
"Today was the last day before the student's spring break. Because of this, his only homework assignment was reading. He completed this and filled out the reading log. Then, he and I played a game of chess so he could practice his strategy and techniques from his chess class. It was a great and relaxing session before the holiday."
"The student did very well today! She got all three questions that I assigned for homework correct, and she was able to fully explain her process to me using the strategies we have been working on. We then worked on her ELA homework, and I checked another assignment she had already done and walked her through it to make sure she had chosen the correct answers. Her focus was good today, and she is improving. As always, she had a great attitude, and we will continue to work on getting her scores up."