Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Edited and analyzed one of the essays assigned for homework; assigned another, longer argumentative essay for next week. Focused on condensing language, using concrete examples, and organization. Great session overall."
"The student and I finished the essay she has been working. We moved in to talking about research-based essays and formulated arguable thesis statements. We looked at one of her papers from the past school year and picked out sentences that she would have corrected if she could revise the paper."
"School has started again for him. We brainstormed and created an outline for the essay together and he'll complete it for homework. We also took a practice run at a multiple choice writing section of the SAT. He scored in the 600 range and we went over the ones missed and discussed how to improve."
"We created a detailed study for an European History essay, as well as began an essay outline including thesis statements, evidence, and analysis for the introduction and body paragraphs. There were no scores to note, no extra practice necessary. There are no concerns for this session."
"The student is currently working on an essay comparing and contrasting two stories. I helped him finish his outline for the essay. He still has to write rough and final drafts. He did a good job of finding good quotes to supports his major points in the outline."
"We went over how to write an effective introduction and conclusion to an essay, and the differences between the two. He wrote a sample introduction to a writing prompt I provided, then a sample conclusion to another essay I provided. Finally, he began the pre-writing process for an essay topic (what role will robots play in our future?), which he will begin drafting in our next session."
"I worked with the student yesterday now that she is back in school. We worked on her first writing project of the year, focusing on word choice, creating concise sentences and making her piece flow. Overall I have seen excellent gains in her writing and believe wholeheartedly that she will succeed in English this year. She is now catching grammatical mistakes that previously made her work look weak. Content is definitely there."
"The student and I spent some time getting to know each other, and talking about his various classes. I'm helping him with writing across various different subject areas, so we went through his social studies work and his English work. We discussed what he learned in school this week, and then went through his assignments, talking about his writing. We went through and corrected an old piece of his writing together."
"Today, the student and I practiced translating a paragraph. Also, we started discussing irregular forms of verbs, as well as preterite and imperfect past tenses, though she has not covered these in class yet. We practiced some vocabulary, and she translated some sample sentences I wrote. She was not struggling with anything, and she had good scores on the few assignments that were returned to her. She did mention that she felt a bit of frustration that she did not know enough vocabulary to translate sentences and paragraphs. However I assured her that the vocabulary she will practice through the quarter will help her get ready for this task. No concerns from this session."
"At this evening's session, the student and I covered: - Essay and assessment written in class on the short story - "The Interloper." Reviewed thesis, subthesis, claims, textual evidence and conclusion. - Reviewed sentence structure info - simple, compound, complex, compound/complex sentences, four types of sentences (declarative, interrogative, exclamatory, and imperative) - Reviewed punctuation - use in specific situations"
"- We went over the student's schoolwork, books that she is currently reading, and vocabulary test scores. We did introductions and set expectations for the next few weeks of working together. - This was the first session, so we only reviewed the grade"
"During today's session, we continued talking about characterization and ambiguity in To Kill a Mockingbird. We also spent a significant amount of time discussing the progression of Scout and separate themes that are beginning to emerge from the text."