Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we started picking up with the progress we'd made last time. I'm a big believer in repetition, particularly when the sessions are spaced out, so we began by analyzing another sample essay that received the top possible score. She was better able to point out the strengths of the essay that corresponded to concepts we'd covered previously. Then we moved on to our actual writing exercises. One area where she did considerably well at, involved building her supporting examples. Using a sample prompt, she manufactured a mock thesis statement and opening paragraph that was very strong, then assured me she'd work on the rest over the course of the next week. We intend to have a finished product to build on for our next session."
"The student and I discussed in greater detail the circumstances and provisions of his scholarship, the status of his applications to university and the requirements for those applications. We briefly looked at his personal statement and discussed the possibility of revising it should he find he must apply to university for spring admission. We spent the entirety of class after this preliminary discussion on the writing portion of the GRE, breaking down the criteria for a strong essay and the expectations, specifically, of the argument essay. We also discovered it may be possible for the student to extend the time allotted on this section as a non-native English speaker. Together, we looked at one prompt, dissected the argument presented, and set out to answer it. I advised him on how to write a strong introduction, then he proceeded to write the introduction and first two body paragraphs. On Thursday, we will continue attacking the writing sections and begin work on the online course."
"The student and I covered strategies and keywords for both the issues and argument essay sections of the GRE test. We discussed general structure for both essays -- specific thesis, supporting body paragraphs with a clear topic sentence relating to the thesis, a conclusion that restates and summarizes the arguments. We also discussed strategies for coming into the test with specific examples in mind for the issues essay. The student has a robust knowledge of educational theory and practice. For the argument essay, we talked about keywords -- premise, conclusion, assumption, representative sample size, correlation vs. causation, week supporting evidence, false analogues. She also practiced writing the intro paragraphs for both essay types, and one body paragraph for the issues essay. She is an articulate writer and a fast learner, and she is committed to practicing the key words and ideas we spoke about in preparation for the test."