Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on his current English assignment, going over both the new book he is working on as well as key vocabulary that he will use in the book. I am really happy with his growth in his critical thinking."
"The student and I had an excellent session today discussing his next paper for his college English course (on his last paper, he received a very strong A!). He had done an "outline" for the paper previously, which in the case of this class means that he had written a possible thesis statement and three possible topic sentences for his paper. For our session, I decided it would be worthwhile to look at the story he's discussing (Hemingway's Hills Like White Elephants) more closely and to take notes on whatever he notices. We read the story together, pausing to analyze what he noticed and to make notes of his observations. Although I was asking questions, the student was strikingly more active in interpreting and in pushing his analysis farther than he was the last time we discussed a paper together. He has a great drive to write things that are both smart and true, and he takes his time putting things into words. By the time we finished going through the story, he had taken over a page of notes, and had already organized them roughly into paragraphs or "ideas." It only took a few more minutes to settle on a more formal structure for the paper. I showed him how, in contrast to the outline which he had written before doing his "research," his new outline is much more complete and more specific -- and will make the paper itself MUCH easier to write. I'm very much looking forward to seeing how this paper comes out -- I'm optimistic!"
"To get a better sense of her difficulty applying grammar rules and to see how this might affect her performance on the SAT or ACT this summer, I pulled practice questions from both the SAT and ACT (surrounding grammatical errors, tone, word choice, sentence structure, etc.) for the student to complete. She did very well on the SAT questions. These involved reading through sentences with various words or phrases underlined and identifying which, if any, of the underlined segments contained errors. When we took a moment to review the more complex questions and answers, upon reading the questions out loud, she was able to quickly deduce the correct answers. The second part of the SAT practice consisted of revising a three paragraph piece about Antarctica. The questions that followed called for her to in essence rewrite parts of the Antarctica report."