Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I focused on deep analysis of prose. We listened to a complex song, picking out various details of the lyrics, instrumentation, and messages that the musician wanted to convey. I did this in order to encourage the student to ask the right questions when considering a piece of self-expression: why did the person do (this)? How does (this) show (something)? By the end of that portion of the session, the student said that she felt she could think much more critically than before. Afterward, I timed the student in writing a prompt. Her writing definitely shows progress; her thoughts are more clear and direct."
"Objectives: handwriting and sentence structure (transitional words, run-ons, and fragments). We started by going over the student's English homework. He had to examine the themes in the book, and then write a paragraph relating one of them to his life. This was an opportunity to review both sentence and paragraph structure. We also went through each step of the writer's process: brainstorming ideas, writing a draft, rearranging and revising the sentences and information, then editing for punctuation, structure, and word choice. The rest of the session alternated between handwriting practice and proofreading sentences or passages for sentence structure, word choice, and transition words. This week, in handwriting, he is going to focus on his letter height, using the lines on his paper as a guide. In sentence structure, he is going to focus his attention on transitions and punctuation."
"The student is a bit apprehensive for his in-class essay on Monday covering "The Bean Trees." It appeared that giving him examples and basic essay structure assistance would be the most effective method to help him prepare. I formulated possible prompts and theses for him to work with in a hypothetical writing situation. I went over 5-paragraph essay structure, the individual components, as well as tips to organize the information and maximize points."