Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on the student's essay. I provided handouts and we discussed the "claim-evidence-commentary" method. We developed a few draft paragraphs using this method, and discussed when source citations are appropriate."
"The student and I discussed specific issues he was having with writing, particularly the formation of a thesis statement, the generation of ideas, and organization. The student did not have much by way of previous work to show me, which limited my ability to make specific recommendations based on his coursework. The student needs the most work with prewriting, so I left him with an assignment to create and outline before next time."
"Today, the student sent me two drafts of the paper that he is working on for Tuesday. He made good progress once he actually started typing the paper. I was pleased with his work when he feels the pressure of a deadline, though it isn't the official class deadline."
"Today the student and I looked more into the history of women's rights in the USA. After doing some preliminary research, I told her it might be a good strategy to focus on one particular area of women's rights."
"I read both of the student's essays, and while it was true that her first essay was slightly off topic, her responses were original and compelling. It was the first time I'd seen her express her own opinions in an essay, rather than sticking to factual points. I told her that it was good to make her essay opinionated and unique, but that she shouldn't ignore the prompt question entirely. Her second essay was on topic, detailed and had an excellent use of vocabulary, however, it was lacking in personal opinion and passion. I asked her to revise her second essay, in order to include more of her own reflections. I also assigned an additional essay for homework."
"For this session, we started with a half-page freewrite that I asked the student to read aloud to me when he finished. In reading aloud he recognized several errors that he corrected as he read along. This is a good strategy for checking work. The student wanted to complete his Civics homework which was a reading comprehension worksheet. I read aloud the passage and he annotated the passage. We worked on writing complete sentences for answering the questions that accompanied the passage. We ended the session with 4 reading assessment exercises that required him to read aloud."