Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we reviewed the fairy tale paper, which is due today. We made a few corrections and added in-text citations. We also fixed the works cited page. We also made corrections to the "Fight the Power" paper in hopes of gaining a few more points."
"Today we went over her homework. We looked at the question again, brainstormed and work on thesis and an outline. Then we practiced writing simple thesis statements and gave her strategies on developing introductions. For homework she will rewrite her previous essay based on what she learned today and work on an introduction for one of the thesis statements she came up with during class."
"At our session, the student and I covered the following: SAT word search will be completed for homework, Comma use worksheet, pronouns and possessive pronouns, continued developing point-of-view essay on Coretta Scott King's memoir. Next session - review vocab homework."
"The student and I worked again on composing a single 5-paragraph persuasive essay this session. This time she was actually able to finish all 5 paragraphs, which was great. She continues to strengthen skills like selecting appropriate arguments, providing good evidence, and using elements like counterarguments and hooks. The length of her paragraphs is also improving over time. This session we talked about strengthening her argument through repetition of her thesis in her conclusion, as well as being sure to tie each supporting reason back to her thesis in her body paragraphs. I'm still seeing some issues with grammar. She knows where commas go; I've seen this in her grammar exercises. She just has trouble applying this when she writes, and I think it's a proofreading problem, which is fixable. I am pleased with her overall progress, including sentence construction and overall punctuation."
"Student 1 and Student 2 are entering into 5th and 6th grade, respectively. They are bright and active boys. Each in their own way is an avid reader, articulate speaker, and both possess a relatively good vocabulary. My job will be to spark and maintain their interest, and with the aid of their mother, challenge them with assignments that will translate into skills in the English classroom. I hope to also help them to become more independent and avid readers."
"I used The Scarlet Letter as a topic for practice paper writing. The student wrote a detailed outline for a paper using the methodology we had discussed during the last session, working backward from his intended conclusion to a clear topic sentence, then filling in major topic points and finally supporting factual points made from the text. When following this method, he came up with a very good outline that required little adjustment before conversion into paragraph/ finished paper style. We discussed the necessity of clearly supporting points from the text and making sure everything worked toward supporting the complex thesis statement/ concluding point. The student's finished paper held the structure of his outline very well, and developing the outline and following it closely eliminated much of the repetition and many of the generalities that had been an issue in some of his earlier papers. We discussed some issues of phrasing and placing supporting points in an understandable order, so that readers aren't confused by points which appear unsupported at the moment but find support later in the paper. We also discussed the necessity of the opening paragraph leading properly into the topic sentence and the concluding paragraph moving in a direction indicated by the conclusion--not to include extraneous material that doesn't directly relate to the rest of the paper. We also discussed revisions to some journal entries the student was required to write, which ended up being very good. We made plans for him to work on response writings that have been required of him after the holiday break for Albert Camus' novel The Stranger. Our goal is for him to outline and write a paper on The Stranger in anticipation of an in-class essay exam."