Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went over the parts of a good introduction and rewrote the introduction to an in class writing assignment. I gave her a homework assignment to create an intro paragraph to a prompt I created."
"We discussed the student's various college application essays, their due dates, her aims for college, and selected an application to begin. After checking the length requirements, we discussed her ideas for the essay and decided on two main ideas. I then had her brainstorm about the question and list the points she would make about each separate topic. After discussing her various points, she selected the topic that felt more fruitful to her and constructed an essay that highlighted her volunteer work at the children's hospital. We talked about what to emphasize to stay within the word limits, how to structure her ideas to both answer the question and highlight her unique achievements, and what supporting evidence she might use to support her ideas. She first constructed an outline from our discussion, and then wrote the concluding paragraph. We went over the paragraph and started on another one before the session ended."
"Worked on some more writing skills and were able to finish a writing assignment. Worked out a plan to get student's study skills work done every Monday."
"The student and I wrote haikus together. We worked on counting syllables and getting the feel for the poetic style. She wrote a number of them, and improved her writing as we went, learning to focus on imagery and contemplative mood-setting rather than the simple communication of facts. The student and I went through the questions together, and practiced our penmanship. I was overall pleased with the work."
"I proofread her latest essay, on Ishiguro's "Never Let Me Go." The essay was mostly very clear and concise and made good use of others' scholarship on the topics of cloning, and especially cloning in this particular novel. Her main problems were a few grammatical errors, and some confusion on structure. It seemed as though she'd rearranged a few paragraphs, but had forgotten to delete a duplicate paragraph. I sent back with corrections and suggestions."
"The student and I worked on the final proofreading of her essay and evaluated whether or not she used examples from the modern day appropriately. We honed her conclusion and developed a more effective title. We also completed her bibliography."