Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Student 1: We worked on ways to fine-tune essays/papers. Things like varying sentence length, varying word choice, etc. I gave him examples of things that were written with and without these things in mind, and he explained how one sounded more fluid and understandable than the others. He was given a new prompt to write another essay for next week. Student 2: We went through the very creative essay that she wrote for this week and found the compound sentences. She is doing very well at finding compound sentences and placing the comma where necessary. We then went through the essay and found subordinate clauses. She is doing very well improving on the grammar aspect of her writing."
"Today I introduced prepositions, and he worked through 4 pages of workbook material. The grammar concept was fairly difficult for him, and we will have to review this material next session. Then I explained to him how "setting" was very important in writing about a story and showed him several examples of how an author uses setting when describing a scene. For homework, he is going to write several sentences about a Christmas setting."
"We covered quite a bit concepts in today's session. We began the session editing the printed draft of the students newspaper project. Both students gave very thoughtful comments for editing. We then created sentences using words cut out of a magazine. We moved on to learn about and create Cinquain poems. We concluded the session with word work, reviewing how to turn words into past tense (ending in ed or d). Great session today!"
"Today we reviewed the final draft of the second essay for the class. I had a few corrections to discuss from the copy you had emailed to me. We moved through the corrections in a great pace and were able to focus the ideas of your next assignment to fit the approved thesis. The category you have chosen to write on lends to quite a bit of research, the key is keeping it focused to meet the requirements of class by maintaining focus on the thesis. We have a session scheduled for Friday and will discuss our schedule further then."
"The student worked on her introduction and on fleshing out the structure she'll follow for the rest of her essay. On Monday she will bring a finished draft, preferably printed out. Or, if possible, she'll email me the draft ahead of the session."
"The student and I reviewed his research, on note cards, and completed inserting them in the correct position within the outline. Now, he will expand the resulting document, by expanding the statements and notes to full verbiage, identifying quotes, and then arranging them in the form that will make up the first draft. The next step is to prepare this dialog so we can begin editing. He will do further research to complete the data mining. He will provide a copy to me before we meet next."
"This session was entirely focused on the student's essay on The Iliad. I helped him go over the paper for grammar and style points, and helped him find some textual examples to prove his arguments. We also went over the definition of "normative" as it related to the assignment."
"Today, we started a rewrite of the student's paper based on comments from his teacher. We ended up scrapping quite a bit of his first body paragraph, replacing his original quotes from the text with new ones that helped support his analysis of the irony of Lennie's situation. We also added in some more material from "To Build a Fire" to balance out its paragraph a bit, along with some more analysis there."
"We reviewed the client's previous paper and worked through any questions the student had in regards to that particular piece. I also offered information and resources to help him until our next meeting."
"The first student and I discussed his reading. He's still making progress, which is good. I'm hoping to have the book and at least one of his articles done for next week so we can start working on putting together an idea of where this paper will go. The other student and I worked on his essay on Germany. That went pretty smoothly. We talked about some topic selection things and his evidence vs. analysis work in his paragraphs."
"In our first session, the student and I discussed what writing goals she would like to accomplish during our meetings. After getting a good sense of the kinds of writing she does for her position (primarily a lot of email correspondence), I was able to come up with a plan for helping her become a clearer, more effective written communicator. We spent the first half of our session going over the steps one should take when composing an email reply. We then turned our attention at putting those steps in action by examining two email exchanges she has had with clients. This allowed us to go over how to read an email from a client, honing in on what the message is actually asking for, and then how to go about replying to the client. I asked her to do a little "homework" by rewriting her reply to a client and we will start our session next week by seeing what weaknesses there were in her original draft and how she can make improvements."
"We covered how to construct an abstract in APA format and we organized his PowerPoint presentation. I have not seen any new grades. No concerns."