Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student completed a first draft of the research paper, using the outline set previously. We established a topic paragraph, transitions between sections, and a conclusion. He will incorporate the logistical restraints set by the teacher and then assess what is missing or needs more explanation. We will met again next week to incorporate the bibliography and footnotes before submission of the draft. I will send him a checklist to remind him of the jobs he has to accomplish before our next meeting."
"Today I corrected the assignment from last Thursday where he was to write a lengthy paragraph on the subject of setting. I found his writing to be quite good in that he included many descriptive adjectives and adverbs in relating his tale about a haunted house. However, the paragraph was loaded with grammatical errors which took away from the excellence of the writing. After this phase of the session, I worked with him on 6 pages of grammar dealing with subject and predicate identification in sentence structure. I left him with another writing assignment where he will be creating a story with dialogue."
"This week, we worked on the student's Shakespeare writing assignment which requires her to write a sonnet in the style of Shakespeare. We discussed how to approach creative writing like this, touching on topics of verse and meter, in terms of technical aspects. We also discussed using figurative language (which is part of her assignment) and how to craft a central metaphor or theme for the poem which relates to the topic and to choose figurative language based on that. We also discussed how to approach the larger structure of the poem, regarding the 'turn' or moment of contradiction which separates the two sections as well as the final couplet which summarizes the poem's contradictory aspects."
"This session focused on research for the student's Composition Class research paper. We used library databases to research peer reviewed scholarly articles to use for his paper on Genetically Modified Organisms."
"The student and I worked on sight words - reading and writing them. We read two Sound Box books - "XYZ" and "T". We used a workbook for picking out objects that begin with certain letters/sounds. We practiced writing numbers and his last name. He repeated the words that appear on the Rhyming flash cards and picked three words from each card to practice writing. We ended with reading a DK Reader Star Wars book."
"Today we continued working on revisions of the student's junior research paper. We read through the remainder of the paper for style and grammar, as well as making a few more corrections as suggested by his teacher. I also suggested some areas that could use revision based on the feedback he'd received, particularly looking for places that felt more like summary than analysis. We will meet again tomorrow for some more revision, and in hopes of adding in additional quotes in a couple paragraphs."
"Today the student had to write a letter to his pen-pal. It took a bit for him to get into the work groove, but once we actually got started I was happy with our progress. The main trick is to frame the work in a way that is interesting to him, and to channel his enthusiasm into the task at hand. He is getting much better at doing his work."
"We kept working on the student's "Persuasive Speech" assignment, refining his argument, adding evidence to support his claims, and following the rubric's instructions to ensure that opposing points of view and counterclaims are represented. We ended the session with the student performing his speech for me, giving me the opportunity to coach him on public speaking and timing."
"In this session we warmed up with a few quick write activities. I created 4 activities for the students to choose from and that worked out very well. We then worked on grammar and word work around past tense of words (i.e. swim, swam, etc.). We then worked on a research project about chemicals on the periodic table. I created graphic organizers for them to record research about one particular element. We will continue with drafting paragraphs at our next session. We ended the session with a writing cool down and worked on acrostic poetry."
"Today we worked on finding resources for an annotated bibliography assignment which is due next week. The student has chosen a topic for this research paper and we discussed it, going over some possible points to be discussed and structure for the paper. He had his laptop with him and was able to look some online articles that we skimmed through and I pointed out some things to look for in resource such as relevancy to the topic and fact vs. opinion. I instructed him to find some more resources during the next few days and we will be meeting next week to go over the draft that he will be handing in next Thursday."
"As we've finished working through the exercises and concepts in grammar, the student would like to move on to practicing his writing and speech. To accomplish this task, he asked if we could both watch a television series, and then discuss it at our meetings. This week, we each independently watched the first episode. During our session, he gave a prepared speech about the history of English rule in India and then summarized the events of the episode. I listened and took notes, and then we reviewed his speech, discussing any vocabulary or grammar that gave him trouble. We then had an unstructured conversation about our opinions of the show, which gave him a chance to speak more extemporaneously."
"Student 1 and I worked on his essay on similarities and differences between Hitler and Stalin. It went quite well and he should be well on his way to an excellent paper. Student 2 and I continued to discuss his research, and came to the conclusion that he had stumbled upon an excellent source on game theory and the blank check during WWI. I gave him some further reading in a book I had read this semester to ameliorate his depth of research material."