Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The main purpose of this session was to review and finalize the student's essay and his summer reading assignment for school. First we addressed the draft of the student's essay that he worked on during the last week. He has improved greatly in the areas of content, organization, and sentence structure. There were a few grammatical slips that we reviewed, some word choice problems (still need to work on variety), and the main issue of connecting ideas in the introduction and conclusion to the supporting paragraphs. The final product was very good, and I think the student's writing skills improved with the practice of drafting an essay. Next we moved on to reviewing his summer packet. The main area of focus for the student that we need to continue working on are providing relevant evidence from the text as support, along with proper citation practices. We also worked on connecting character decisions and consequences."
"During today's session, we spent some time talking about expectations and plans for future sessions since today was our first day working together. The student filled me in on some of what's been going on in his English class, and we talked at length about the Poe short story he read for English. We worked from what he'd already discussed in class to talk about new literary terms applicable to the story, especially: summary, atmosphere, style, and theme. By the end of the session, he had worked to create a thesis based off of his brainstorming, and we'd discussed topic sentences that might work from that thesis to create a strong analysis. In closing, he and I also talked about his interests and reading tastes in preparation for my choosing some further non-school reading material for us to center sessions around."
"Covered semi colon, comma usage, what is a sentence, flow and connecting paragraphs. Also, choosing a position on a topic and writing an introduction."
"We spent a majority of the time reviewing how to develop an introduction and body paragraph for an opinion piece. The student needed some reminders about the requirements for the introduction and the body paragraph, but he developed the ideas mostly on his own."
"We spent about half the session with me modeling how to find and use library resources, which I felt was very worthwhile. The other half of the lesson was spent going over the student's chemistry homework."
"We spent most of our time today going over the rough draft that the student wrote for his next essay. Most of the edits we made were grammatical and consisted mainly of the following types of errors: determiners, pluralization, tense agreement, and third-person singular conjugation. We took some time to talk about these errors and how to spot and correct them. In the future, we will do some more practice with these grammar rules."