Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"At today's session, the student worked on her application essays for the middle school she is applying to. She was familiar with brainstorming techniques, and immediately began listing her interests, hobbies and talents. She then took each item she had listed and drafted a paragraph about it. For the second and third questions, she was ready to start writing rough drafts, and we ended up with a draft paragraph for each of these questions. At the end, we went back to the first question and she wrote some notes for herself about how she wants to organize her essay: where she wants to add more detail, what order she wants to write about each subject, and which paragraphs she would like to combine because they are about similar subjects. She was self-directed and confident in her writing, had clear ideas about what she wanted to write about and used descriptive and artful language. I encouraged her to sound out words when she had spelling questions, and she was able to correctly figure out the spelling of most of the words she asked about. I left most of her grammatical errors uncorrected, unless she asked for help, both because this was just a brainstorming session and because the prompt asks for the writing to be in the student's own words. In future sessions we can work to find other ways of phrasing her writing that still reflects her own language and writing style. Next week we will write drafts of all three questions."
"The student and I began going over a writing model, using it to review the previous writing assignment and then to rewrite it, paragraph by paragraph. After explaining the model and doing the examples, I assigned an argument paper following the model and requiring sources to be reviewed upon the next session."
"We continued to review the writing assignments that he is making up. The student was able to complete the last two assignments."