From Discouraged to Inspired
After they were finished discussing the thesis, they moved on to some basic sentence structure problems that he was having such as how to phrase particular sentences so they didn't come across as awkward. There was a general back and forth between the tutor that was nice to see after my previous observation. She suggested he might want to look at a few online resources one involving citations. His assignment called for six references and at that point he only had five so she tried to help him find another one. Since the majority of his research tended to be in favor of his argument (that the U.S. is not welcoming to immigrants from other countries) she attempted to steer him towards searches that might led to a source that didn't support his views. X---- was trying to help him create a more balanced paper like the teacher wanted though the student seemed to resist that. After the session was over we talked about that for a few moments and she told me she tried her best to emphasis the need for information that would not support his claims and that he had to know what people on the other side of the argument might say against his reasoning. On the whole I think the session was successful. She tried to help Y---- with what he thought he most needed help with and when it was over suggested that he might come back early the next day (his paper was due in the late afternoon) after he made the changes and have someone else take a look at it.
[EDITED BY CLINT GARDNER TO REPLACE NAMES; 2/13/2013 9:30 AM MST]