Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We finished reviewing the student's essay by combing over the draft looking for grammar and argumental tweaks to make. Towards the end, she worked on her personal statement for college and I reviewed it."
"2nd meeting. This session focused on more revision of the student's long research paper. I reviewed the paper before the session and then discussed my thoughts with her. It is due in a week and a half."
"We started our session with a five-minute "free write." I asked the student to write about her day or what she was feeling. After the warm-up, we got to work on outlining. Last week we came up with three essay topics she might like to write about, all persuasive essays. She had written two outlines, but I felt it might help to go over what we had done and focus on organization. She re-wrote an outline with a little more detail and structure. In the last part of the session, she turned this outline into a short essay. She was pleased with how quickly she was able to write after making a detailed plan. For our next session, I plan to have her to do a full essay -- from brainstorming to outlining to writing -- in one hour. I think doing this activity quickly and repeatedly will help demystify the writing process and build confidence in her ability to express ideas. I will pay special attention to organization. There are a few brainstorming activities I think she would benefit from, specifically activities that focus on sorting ideas into categories."