Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today was my first session with the student. Based on his grades and the writing samples that I saw he is a good student. It seems that in terms of essay writing, we will be reviewing brainstorming and organization of his ideas. In order to address this issue, I have decided to write an essay with him, taking him through all the steps to writing his essay. My goal with this is to give him a better understanding of what he should go through every time he writes an essay; in turn, his essays should improve overall. We also need to review grammar. He has only used visual mapping of sentences (breaking the sentences up with dashes, separating phrases with parentheses, and labeling parts of the sentences with abbreviations) thus far, so we will work on mapping sentences out. I also plan on introducing the diagram methods to him, but I first want to give him a clear understanding of the parts of speech that he will be expected to know. Today, we started on pronouns and got through subject and object pronouns. I plan on establishing their functions and then adding possessive pronouns to his repertoire next week. I feel that splitting sessions into 30 minutes of writing, and then 30 minutes if grammar will work well for him."
"We continued to work on our pre-writing part of the writing process, he finished the paper on his own, so we went over the revising step of the paper where we were comparing and contrasting. We started a new reading project."
"Today the student covered/identified, "main idea" and "details" in the texts. He also completed five pages of his test preparation workbooks. He knows the fundamentals of written responses but still needs to practice attending to all of them. His homework is to read a sports article and identify the main idea. A great session today."
"The student has a paper due tomorrow on the film Taxi Driver. She needs to compare it to the literary framework offered by Andre Bazin and Laura Mulvey. Since our last meeting, she had written the rest of her essay. We copyedited it together, and discovered that the second half of the paper needed better quotes and more clarity. We re-read the Bazin piece to find quotes that more accurately matched the examples from the scene and the argument that she was trying to express. We also fine-tuned each paragraph so that it clearly explained the point."
"Today we covered David Estlund's conceptions of epistemic proceduralism for the student's political science class. Though the material was incredibly dense, we were able to clarify things and get him started on his paper. He was struggling with the new terminology as it was more philosophically biased as opposed to merely political. Estlund's ideas occupy a small niche in a very complex subject and orienting the student was the largest part of our time together."
"I met with the student again today to finish up the project board. He completed typing the sections and selecting the pictures to be included on the board. We arranged the items on the board, and he and I glued them in place. He then rehearsed what he was going to say for the presentation tomorrow. The finished display looked good. I hope it meets the expectations the teacher has for this assignment. He worked hard on it."