Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student had previously completed the practice essay for the exam, and I went over the results with her. She displayed a good innate grasp of essay flow, good grammar, and strong use of sensory information. I encouraged her to go into more detail to flesh out her ideas. I then created a new sample essay topic that she hadn't encountered before and gave her a 30-minute time limit to write an essay - to mimic testing conditions. First, she and I went over how to structure her essay. I encouraged her to take adequate time to plan her ideas before writing and to closely read the essay question, which contained clues on what to include. She had a lot of questions. I appreciated her curiosity and enthusiasm. After our session, I emailed the parent to assign homework (at the parent's request), and asked the student to complete the rest of the ELA practice session online. While I want to focus our tutoring time primarily on writing, I want to make sure that her other ELA skills are up to par."
"Today the student examined the introduction and first chapter of Natalie Goldberg's "Writing Down the Bones." In terms of Goldberg's approach to writing, the student identified his own fears and holdups. Afterwards, he did his first timed writing exercise a la Goldberg. In being forced to write nonstop without editing or censoring himself, he ended up with quite a remarkable piece. The text was rhythmic and intuitive and the content was smart and engaging."
"The student worked on his creative piece for English class. We worked on varied sentence lengths and using more descriptive language. Good work!"