Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed all of Chapter 8 in preparation for his test tomorrow. We added some additional AP vocabulary terms to the list his textbook provides to make sure he's completely covered for tomorrow. Additionally, we reviewed a DRQ from a past AP test. He outlined what his answer would be, and then we went over that outline together. His instincts for the DRQ were completely accurate; I'm happy to see how strong he is in this area, and it's an area we'll continue to focus on as the AP exam approaches. He and I will review Key Issue 1 from Chapter 9 early next week."
"Today the student and I worked on his website and did a few grammar quizzes together. We worked on the antecedents and pronouns section. The student and I also worked on his Latin root words (cip, clar, cline, and clud). He came up with: incipient, recipient, clarion, clarity, incline, recline, include, and preclude."
"A really excellent follow-up session. The student had a mostly completed rough draft for his history paper due tomorrow that we went through methodically. I had him read out loud, as this is always the most efficient way to hear one's writing voice and catch easy to fix syntactical mistakes. The first half of the draft was pretty much complete: we gave it a thorough examination and altered grammatical and punctuation errors, reworded sentences that were confusing, fragments or run-ons, and made sure the argument flowed from one idea/paragraph to the next. This took about 50 minutes. The latter 40 minutes we spent examining the last half of the essay, which was less cohesive. We made sure facts were in the right order to give the essay a logical path and always relating back to the thesis, while still making sure grammar and punctuation were correct. I think the pieces fell together appropriately. I left him to put on the finishing touches, mostly paraphrasing longer quotations into his own words, coming up with appropriate transition sentences from one paragraph to the next, polishing up footnotes, and making sure the paper as a whole correctly exemplified the Chicago Manual style demanded of by his professor. We will meet again before his next due date for the final draft of his paper, specific time to be solidified in the near future."