Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We talked about the assignments I had given her for the week. Her writing does show some improvement in that she shows better organization of ideas; she addressed the prompt given more directly. However, she could still improve on her thinking process as she uses some phrases that are vague and difficult to understand. Afterwards, we talked about the importance of introspection and its role in the writing process. We had some complex and analytical discussion on the nature of people, personality, and how such a nature is portrayed in fiction. We found that one hour was not enough for our sessions; she and I agreed that we should meet for two hours per session. She also voiced thinking more intelligently after our sessions."
"We focused on both handwriting and writing mechanics today. The student worked on his English homework. He was analyzing all of the different options that Romeo and Juliet had to allow them to be wed, avoid family conflict, and prevent Juliet from marrying Paris. He understood the text and had the answers, and he was able to express his thoughts in writing as complete ideas. Our following activities alternated between handwriting and sentence structure. To work on handwriting, he copied some short passages from Romeo and Juliet. He first traced the letters on lined paper, then copied the words below. We focused on spacing, shape, and more efficient ways to form letters. Already, he has shown immense improvement on his handwriting! In order to work on writing strategies, I had him put himself in the mind of an author whose works and writing style he enjoyed and was familiar with. He selected the authors Robert Frost and Jeff Kinney (the author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series). The student, through the perspective of these authors, described certain scenes (Frost) or answered questions about his day and experiences (Kinney). In trying to think in the style of another author, he had to be very aware of his word choice and sentence structure. I wrote what he said while he spoke, but did not include any punctuation. He worked to correctly break lines into sentences and add appropriate punctuation to convey expression and to make the text read fluently. We also added transitional words, and corrected minor grammatical errors. Next, he wrote his own responses, and we edited them together. He is very expressive, descriptive, and has great attentive to detail."
"Great session with the student. Today, we focused on exploring the characterization of Romeo in Act 1, of Romeo and Juliet. The student worked on developing her ideas and evidence, outlining and integrating quotations into her writing. We continued to focus on using precise, complex language. The session concluded by reviewing the treatment of different character types in the film's adaptation of the play."