Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Tonight, we concentrated on an approach that can work for the rhetorical/analytical prompt. We reviewed these questions from five released AP Language exams. I demonstrated to the student a paragraph-by-paragraph analysis which will yield plenty of ideas and plenty of specific, quotable lines. When writing this essay, we agreed that going in the linear order of the paragraphs makes the most sense. The question almost always asks something like "how does the author develop her arguments?" If we go in order, we show that development. Homework - finish synthesis work; read "Letter From the Birmingham Jail.""
"During today's session, the student and I spent approximately the first half of our time reviewing the essay on which we had started working by the end of the previous session, paying attention to the use of examples/ evidence from the prompt excerpt and paragraph structure. The latter half of the session was spent practicing multiple choice questions, through the use of his practice textbook. He continues to show good progress in his writing abilities, and it is my belief that he should be earning 8's or 9's on his AP exam essays when the time comes. Before the next session, he will work on another essay (with an argument-based prompt), which we will take some of the time to assess and correct."
"We focused on working through AP questions by reading passages and answering questions. I suggested that rather than focusing on speed and trying to answer the mechanics, that he would be helped by trying to decipher the meaning and purpose behind a passage, and the language choice of the author. Once he determined that was useful, his answers improved."