Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"For this session, the student and I worked on the second component of his AP Language Research paper- his outline and thesis. We completed the outline and he formulated a thesis using his research on The Great Gatsby. In addition, he showed me some recent grades. He received a 91 on his journalist project, a 94 on his note cards and source cards, and his AP US teacher informed him he received an A or a high B on his presentation."
"The student and I worked on an assignment for English that involved answering a college admissions essay question with a specific word limit. Mostly, we worked on editing and filling out an already completed essay as the response (a life event that changed her) required some organization of mind. After this, we briefly reviewed a recommendation letter that she was required to write."
"The student's assignment was to annotate Chapter 2 of "The Scarlet Letter," a two-page chapter. We began with a read-through to establish the major theme and focus of the chapter, then went back and did a line-by-line analysis of diction, structure, and other literary aspects of the writing, also highlighting and making notes. We finished annotating the first paragraph, after which I instructed the student to work on her own while I helped the other student, with the instruction that I would look at her annotation when she was done with it. I did, and she did well. The other student needed to review for a test on literary terms, so we went through the list to isolate the terms she was needing to define. After that I explained and illustrated with examples those terms."
"He and I worked on analysis of a primary document written in 1924. We worked on techniques such as annotation and analysis while also defining and understanding the author's purpose and techniques used to determine that purpose. He and I also analyzed a story written by Gary Soto focusing on the author use of imagery, repetition and diction to achieve a given purpose."
"Today we covered how one writes a solid essay: the function of each part and paragraph, the thesis as the linchpin, how to organize ideas into a skeleton outline, and how to flesh the outline out into an essay. Next week we'll review the essay we began today."
"He and I read through Garcia Marquez's "A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings." I let him read silently to himself and we would check in every two paragraphs when I would ask him for a quick summary and then ask some basic comprehension questions. We then went through the comprehension & analysis questions in the book. This went very well and he was quite animated and interested about certain parts of the story. He identified most closely with the child, which I thought was really interesting, and we talked about why that was. The only place he had trouble with was in figuring out how the story might be a satire, so we talked about how the townspeople treat the angel so poorly and how the church representatives do nothing but debate the nature of the angel. Overall, this was a really good session, I think."
"We worked on a completing an in-class essay that is supposed to mimic an exam essay question. There were no scores to note, no extra practice necessary, and no concerns. The biggest challenge for today was finishing the paragraphs and the conclusion."
"The student really grasped the concepts of rhetorical reading. We reviewed her reading assignment that I gave her and had a discussion about how to use rhetorical reading in all of her subjects. We also looked at her history and English textbooks and reviewed how best to approach an assignment in that text. I suggested she review the chapter, noting the bold text, text in margins, any graphical images and the summary and summary questions prior to reading."
"The student's homework this week involved taking notes and answering questions on "Letters from an American Farmer", and completing some grammar exercises on pronoun-antecedent agreement and pronoun-subject agreement. We spent the first hour looking at the reading assignment. As the student and I discussed the author's impressions of 1780s America, he was able to draw conclusions and provide strong answers to the review questions. For the last half hour of the session, we went over his grammar exercises. After I explained the rules and customs behind each grammatical convention covered by the exercises, he answered all of the questions correctly."
"The student needed to finish a literary examination of the Declaration of Independence, due tomorrow. She already had a lot of good ideas. We did close readings of short passages, analyzed diction and syntax as elements of persuasion. She has a very good five paragraph paper ready to turn in now."
"For this session, I helped the student mainly with writing skills for her English homework, focusing on paragraph building and short answers. We discussed following the instructions completely, using formatting to raise her scores. We reviewed a past assignment and we also worked in detail on the reading responses for the play. I showed her the power paragraph and short answer methodology in line with her teacher's requirements. For the last portion of the lesson, she worked to complete and revise questions with my supervision. I went through line by line to show her how to fill out the questions to create power paragraphs."
"This session, we worked further on his common app essay, refining some points even further to strengthen the logic and the build of the piece. Additionally, we finished drafting his other essay. These essays are really strong compared to other applicants."