Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I started on his final Satire assignment for his Lit 101 class. We outlined the entire thing, and he filled out the first section with my following along with edits. He will get peer feedback on the outline today in class, and we'll use that to refine things."
"Today the student and I went over the research tasks I gave him to do last time we met. He had found a couple of good sources, but he had only taken a couple sentences of notes on them. So we worked on finding some good and accessible sources and then taking notes on each of them. With the remaining time, we worked on thinking through how to organize and outline his paper, something which will give him a chance to start doing a chunk of the writing this week for us to edit next week as he continues on with the writing."
"The student and I completed an essay during this session. It was one of her first essays so we broke down the structure of what she should include in every writing prompt. We used "Do you think people should invent new things?", utilizing the story that she read on George Washington Carver. She used the opinion diagram to help shape her thoughts. She did a good job referring back to her pre-writing strategies and including examples from the text. This took a majority of our time and we did a few math problems afterwards. She is doing a good job listening and we get a lot done during our sessions."
"The student did much better with his revisions this week-- he eliminated over half the errors in the paper on his own, and we worked through the rest during outlet session. We also did more drills with identifying fragments, run-ons, and other sentence errors. At this point, he is correct quite often, but he needs to stop second-guessing himself! For homework, I've asked him to review his notes and write another short essay."
"We had our first session! Worked on his essay on To Kill a Mockingbird. He has a pretty good handle on writing, but we spent the session revising and concentrating on giving more weighty commentary. Good work."
"Today we continued to develop the student's outline for his essay project. He has put in a lot of effort in between our sessions which is a great sign. I encouraged him to look deeper into the poems to find the metaphors contained there. As he writes the final essay, those metaphors will be crucial in relating the content of the literature to his own ideas and experiences. Great work this week!"