Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, we reviewed the common app essay that I had her rewrite. Afterwards, I looked at her reading essay. Then, we created the lists of school activities and hobbies."
"In our session today, I asked the student to show me his introduction, and his thesis statement in particular. His rough draft was due the next day, and so there was minimal pressure to "get it perfect." We continued our discussion of writing theory and techniques as I challenged him to examine the potential value in writing multiple drafts instead of depending on one's ability to think out each sentence to perfection before committing it to paper. The draft, I explained, was the writer's best friend. It provides the invaluable opportunity to continue processing and developing one's ideas even as the deadline approaches. At this point in his draft, he was trying to address the details and this was keeping him from seeing the big picture and making the choices necessary to help him craft the frame of his essay. Before working with him on what I felt needed to be done, however, we addressed the details of his introduction. We talked about the difference in usage of semicolons and colons, his word choice in the thesis, and how to use end weight. We also went through his symbols and I suggested a few ideas for him to consider in order to further his analysis and help him flesh out and develop his thesis. I was excited to draw on my own experience and his particular interest in WWII by asking him questions that seemed to generate a rich response of ideas from which he could then generate more thoughts for his analysis."
"The student solely worked on one of her smaller Progression 2 assignments. I tried a more "hands-off" approach to tutoring her. Today though I kept my own attention away from her screen while she typed and merely conversed with her about the material when she had questions. This method seemed to work very well as she completed the entire outline in our session together, something that has not yet happened. We discussed the use of environment to get her writing, and while a watchful eye can make her nervous - a study partner can help keep her focused. Hopefully this week she will see how well she works at the library on her own. This progression will be very good in helping her understand the methods and processes of outlining and researching first before writing. We checked in about confidence and she said she feels much better about her writing. Overall, she is still very enthusiastic, a great writer, and continues to improve on her self confidence and self motivation."
"This session involved discussing research and how to present that research within a position paper. I invited her to get as familiar with the material as possible, and get started on a basic outline before doing a detailed outline as required by the course. Once the two outlines are done, drafting with the appropriate sources should be much easier making the writing flow, especially because she is very passionate about her topic."
"The student worked on another assessment, and she completed it using a fiction text. We will continue to work on texts on only non fiction to build her skills. She also completed a reading comprehension that worked on reflecting and similarities and differences from herself and the child in the text."
"The student and I discussed the trigonometry state assessment she took today. She told me a few problems she was unsure of and we worked them out together. Then we worked on a practice Global Studies state assessment (multiple choice and DBQ questions). She did well and missed very few questions. We discussed her upcoming examinations and planned out our next few sessions."