Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Covered use of adjectives and adverbs in improved writing ability. Practiced writing a fable and a descriptive narrative."
"In this session with the student we went over her essay that was comparing two Edgar Allen Poe stories- we had brainstormed and outlined the stories together, and so the content of the paper was solid, but it is her style that needs the work. We went through some grammar rules for more complex sentences- semi-colons and colons, the best ways to fix fragments and run-on sentences, etc. We went through her essay and combined many short simple sentences into longer ones using conjunctions and punctuation to help the flow of her writing. I also had her practice re-phrasing her thesis statement so that she could use it to re-state her purpose in later paragraphs without being repetitive. Then we together read the short story Harrison Bergeron and discussed the themes and meaning of it. Her homework for this week is to write an essay about what Vonnegut was trying to warn the reader of the story about, and to start reading the short(ish) story "Rappacini's Daughter" which is a classic Nathanial Hawthorne tale; I predict based on her curriculum from last year that they will have her read "The Scarlet Letter" or its ilk this coming fall!"
"We continued working on his summer reading-annotating, taking notes, and writing analytical responses."
"The student and I reviewed the difference between transitive and intransitive verbs. We also worked on his response for Chapter 9 of The Skin I'm In. With the remaining time, he started a new story that he wants to write."
"The student is writing a persuasive paper for a course on nonprofit organizations. The paper will be about human trafficking and possible solutions to that problem. We discussed several issues relating to the topic, to be followed up with a review of the rough draft of the paper."
"Student A finished his Native American project! He was very proud of himself and I think he did a really great job with his project. Student B was a bit behind; she had to finish her math homework before moving on to her project. She and I worked on some of the more challenging problems together. She still had some coloring and gluing to do when I left, but both of the twins' projects were definitely well done and they should feel very proud of their hard work."