Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I rewrote a news article as an analytic essay & worked on establishing "brainstorming" as a first step in the writing process."
"The student let me know that he got an A on the "Midsummer Night's Dream" essay that he spent so much time working on and that he also improved on the "Gilgamesh" essay that he worked on. Other than that, we talked about the feedback that he got on his "Midsummer Night's Dream" essay. He let me know that he would like to spend time on reviewing the essay portions of his in-class tests, especially in history class. He showed me his last test and we talked about timing/pacing. He let me know that the essays are worth more than 50% of the points on the test, but that he always does them last since they are on they are the last to appear on the test. I suggested that he start with the essays from now on and then move onto the short answers, and then the multiple choice. After that, we practiced starting with an essay question, taking the time to organize it like we have for an English essay (create a thesis statement, formulate an outline that provides arguments that support the thesis) and we timed it to see how long it took him. It took him about as long as it had before, but his essay was of a better quality because the organization was so much better."
"He worked on his history paper this time. He got a solid outline that will help him write the rest of the paper."