Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on her personal statement for her college application. She is now finished with all application writing that she is aware of and will contact me if she encounters additional writing sections once she is in the online applications."
"A big night! The student has officially conquered all her essays for this first round of schools. For Saturday, I am going to print and edit each of them one last time, and the student is going to finish filling out the common application, and the applications for specific colleges. After I look those over, we'll start submitting everything. Also for Saturday, I'll make a schedule for the second round of schools and their associated essays. The student moves fairly quickly now, so I wouldn't be surprised if we're finished with those by mid-November if not sooner."
"Today I held my tenth session with the student. He came to the session well prepared to edit his final essay. I helped him boil down the themes of the essay to those of the quality of professors at the school and the unique social life there. Once that framework was solidified, shaping what he had already written was a relatively simple task. However, because this was the last session before he is to submit his essay to the school, we agreed to take another 30 minutes just to make sure that everything was in place."
"We started by working on the conclusion to the student's essay. I reminded her of some of the ideas we talked about last session, and she drafted her conclusion. Then, we both read through hard copies of her essay, editing throughout. We shared our ideas and worked through revisions to the essay. The student came up with a new example for her essay, drafted it, and then we revised it."
"This was my first meeting with the student. I prepared a series of questions to begin the brainstorming process. We discussed what college admissions offers looked for in these essays. I offered two strategies for her to begin writing: (1) write a story, as though it were fiction, about who she is and what she has done; or (2) write a "zero draft" without concern for structure, just to put all of her ideas on paper. I think it was a productive first meeting."
"Helped student with quiz for new semester class: Liberal Studies, assisted in defining what are the major disciplines of LS and how to explain them. Referred student to online search for definitions of cross, inter, multi and sub disciplines."
"Reviewed the student's start at her college admission essay as she requested. Did this online via Google Docs, left feedback in the document. We will discuss it further at our scheduled session tomorrow."
"We fine tuned the introduction, conclusion, and first-body paragraph of the essay we worked on last time. We are still working on the second body paragraph for it. I suggested that she write a rough draft of the second paragraph for next time, or at least brainstorm some ideas for it. We are using some ideas such as making it sound more positive and concise."
"The student and I did a final edit of her second college essay. We consolidated some paragraphs, rearranged sentences, worked on sentence style, and really honed her introduction and conclusion paragraphs. Then we went through and edited for grammar, punctuation, and spelling. She feels good about the final product."
"The student and I worked on outlining and starting his main college essay with his new idea. Then we wrote the supplement for one college. This week he will finish the draft of the main college essay and we will finalize it next week. If he finishes early, he will email the draft to me for beginning edits."
"The student and I worked on revising his essay. We also talked about some of his short answers for other applications and supplements. He is going to revise his essay and write some more of the short answers before we meet again."
"The student and I finished editing essay. We made sure that her voice was active and consistent in tense throughout, checked for lingering grammatical error and fixed a few moments of awkward phrasing. She has since decided to apply to two additional schools, both of which require additional writing which we will continue to work on. Her writing has notably improved since we began and it is fantastic to witness this change."