Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I began by asking the student what he wanted to improve on in his writing; he explained that he's not very confident in his writing abilities, and that he wants to be able to organize his thoughts better when he writes. We started looking at some essays that he's already written this year. One was a short history essay, while another was a more formal document for student council. While I read over those, I gave him a short writing prompt. On both of the sample pieces, I gave him tips on how to improve his clarity, as well as editing his writing to make it stronger and more concise. Then I went over the writing prompt, pointing out some habits that he has as a writer, some of which help him and some of which hurt him. We moved on to a couple English assignments he's had, which I again used to give him tips on strengthening his writing. The main tip I gave him for his English assignments was to try to interpret the author's point of view as the focus of his analysis, since the samples showed a tendency to avoid doing so. Lastly, I showed him a university's list of application essay questions as a source of interesting writing prompts that he can pick from to practice his writing. I asked him to pick one and write a page or so for our next session."
"The student's schoolwork is starting to pick up a bit but she still seems to be on top of it. It seems that math might prove to be a challenge this year but if she keeps working hard she will be fine."
"The student and I did the second reaction paper for her philosophy class and discussed the paper for her sociology class."