Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During this session we discussed the student's master's thesis. She could write it in journal article format, or in curriculum format, depending on what she wants to do when she finishes her degree. She might either try to teach high school or college depending on what she decides. We talked about two different ways to structure the paper, looked at her outline, and I drew another model she might consider if she went the journal article route. I expressed concern that she was doing interviews without IRB approval and urged her to check in with her thesis chair to find out several things including if she needs IRB approval to collect data, if there is anyone with expertise in curriculum design that her chair would recommend to join her master's committee, and what kind of employment prospects her chair could identify for her so she could consider if she wanted to teach college or high school and angle her thesis for that specific goal."
"We discussed writing styles and audiences, then review a marked up copy of a PHADA internal memo on HUD regulations and payments to housing authorities. Because of the high number of polysyllabic Latinate and technical terms that are standard for the subject matter, using shorter Anglo-Saxon terms in the connecting tissue is one means of making the prose more vivid and direct. We looked at redundancies in terminology, how sentences can be restructured by reducing the number of dependent clauses, and maintaining parallel structures between items in a list."
"Covered various topics, including handwriting, basic reading comprehension, spelling, etc. I have seen some improvement in his ability to sound out and then spell complex words correctly and he has demonstrated strong reading comprehension skills."
"Helped him correct the assignment that he has been working on in French. Began to try to get him to think more critically through discussion of the themes and presentations of both "Of Mice and Men" AND "Animal Farm," as well as parallels between the two."
"She was finishing up her graduation address. She finished the draft, looked for formatting and mechanical errors, and moved some parts around. We also talked a little bit about spicing up her language by using more interesting descriptive words than "good" or "a lot.""
"The student worked on his argumentative report card and completed the assignment. We edited his current event article."