Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we worked to re-write an essay that the student's teacher had handed back to him. In the essay, he had to state who the weakest character was in Romeo and Juliet, and why. Our main focus in this session was to provide textual evidence to support his opinions, and to delete or reformulate opinions that could not be supported through the text. For the latter, I think he would benefit from working with a paper copy of his books, rather than a digital edition. Reading from a hard copy of a book makes it easier to sequence events, remember where in the book a specific event happened, and to retain the information that was read. When writing essays, this will give him the foundation to create and support a stronger argument."
"During my session with the student, she continued working on her research paper, further analyzing her research and organizing the ideas into body paragraph order. She also reworked her thesis statement in accordance with the research she had collected. The student did not struggle too much with the assignment, and her attitude was upbeat and interested in the topic that she was researching. For extra practice, I suggested that she have the first draft of her sentence outline finished by Sunday afternoon so that we will be able to focus on revisions during our next session, well before her sentence outline is due in class. I also advised her to complete her works cited page now, since students often leave it until the last minute, to their detriment. I think the student is doing well with her time-management for the research paper and her efforts will help her earn the grade she wants."
"Today, I just tried to get to know the student a little bit and figure out what he needed help with. After looking at a couple of samples of his writing, I gave him a couple of exercises to work on. Today, we started out with doing what I call a "key word outline" from a short paragraph that I found for him. After doing the outline, I had him write the paragraph himself. For homework, I asked him to do the same thing with several other short passages, and also include one "-ly" word (adverb) in each paragraph. Each week, I'll add another paragraph "dress-up" to include."
"We started with forming questions. The student did really well with this. It was a great review. Then we reviewed past tense verbs, and she is getting more of them each time. We ended with some sentences in her workbook."
"We did some activities I had prepared for this student. We focused mainly on verbs today, switching between passive and active voice, and making sure parallel sentence structure matched in lists. We did some reading out loud, and also did an exercise on misplaced modifiers. He really started to get the hang of the material. I stressed making sure sentences sound right when said out loud, as well as the importance of various pieces of grammar."
"As usual, tonight we started by reviewing and the student worked on her homework. She did a good job of reviewing her notes before committing to an answer. We then moved on to some reading comprehension by reading paragraphs of mixed sentences, then identifying the topic sentence and ordering all the other sentences. She was slow at first, but got better as we went on in understanding what to look for."