Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During this session I had the student complete a series of free-writes. The first free-write prompt I gave him asked him to reflect on the injustices the Jews endured during WWII and other injustices different races and ethnic groups have endured throughout history. We discussed the injustice of slavery and what happened to the Jews during WWII. We also talked about how people came together to put a stop to these atrocious injustices. I then challenged him to write about an injustice which particularly disturbs him in our current world and why we should put a stop to this particular injustice. He presented a thoughtful, well organized argument about the unfair practice of racial profiling. He believes that everyone should be treated equally. His grammar was on point along with the logic of his argument, but we discussed how his argument could be strengthened. The second free-write prompt I gave the student asked him to write about what he is most excited to see and experience in Boston based on what he has recently been learning about Boston in school. He provided another thoughtful response and provided examples from what he has learned about Boston. He continues to grow and improve as a writer and student."
"We read from the student's book, and spent time on sentence corrections, mostly focusing on your vs. you're and proper address/letter formatting."
"The student and I continued working on his History essay. We reviewed quickly his intro and reviewed the first two paragraphs. The student worked hard. Remaining for this essay are the conclusions, the topic sentences for various paragraphs, and adding citations that were deleted or reorganized during editing. I am confident that if he gives himself time to complete the task, he will finish with a high quality product for his History essay."
"The student and I worked on his Crucible essay. We solidified the introduction and conclusion. We also talked about how to take his essay to the next level academically. Lastly, we created a priority list of assignments for the weekend. He was diligent and had a great attitude!"
"The student and I read his teacher's comments on his AP English III mock writing test. By reverse outlining his essay, we identified an area for improvement. He needs to narrow his focus to be able to fully analyze all parts of his thesis."
"The student and I have been working on her personal statement for her graduate school applications. She's got great content in this draft, and her main concern will be organization. We've discussed style and possible additions to the statement, and I've reviewed her CV as well. We'll work together again for a final application essay sometime this week or next."