Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today I worked on commas and thesis statements with the student. She's still struggling a bit with the commas, but she improved by leaps and bounds on thesis statements today! Tomorrow, I'll work more on commas with her, and we'll put her new thesis statement skills to the test with another writing prompt about the story she read today."
"The student showed me some more of her recent writing samples. I was impressed with her vocabulary and creativity. She displayed strong powers of observation and emotional understanding. She could improve in grammar, punctuation and some syntax. In essays, she also needs work on sticking to and supporting a topic/theme. We also looked at a worksheet she'd done on adverbial clauses, and she wasn't quite clear on the concept. I'd brought some handouts and exercises on clauses and comma usage, so we went over those, and she seemed to understand after our review. After that, we took a class writing assignment she'd received back this week, and corrected all her missing or misplaced commas. Finally, we looked at a passage from The Hobbit - one of her favorite books - and looked at the many ways Tolkien used commas in just one paragraph: dependent clauses, quotations, interjections, appositives, and items in a series."
"The student had a personal narrative to work on and he had begun it. We revised and checked grammar and stylistics on the essay. He is quick to be satisfied, but he is smart enough to make better choices when pressed. We then completed an essay we began two weeks ago--to a prompt I had given him-- about how to improve classes at his school. We reviewed the organization of each paragraph and its essentials, as well as creating complex sentences with conjunctions, eliminating repetition, and choosing more appropriate words."
"The student and I practiced short response questions. We looked over sample responses to prompts, then we discussed the strengths and weaknesses of each answer. She used a grading rubric to construct her own responses."
"The student and I previewed college applications and details for some of the programs on his college list. We talked about what colleges counted as "reach" and "safety" schools based on his SAT scores and GPA and began working on his personal statements."
"The student and I read "The Magic School Bus" and then another story from a storybook. We then spent a little time working on adding fractions with mixed denominators. Finally, we played a math game. She does a great job and is a lot of fun to tutor."