Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed the requirements for the personal statement that she needs to write to be accepted to psychology clinicals after grad school. She already had a statement prepared for me to review, so she and I went through her first draft and made improvements to her opening paragraph."
"The student and I first talked about the first chapter of her History book. She talked about how she is re-reading the class's novel. She brought up a book she read, that has a great deal of meta-commentary throughout. Then, we went over the paragraphs that she wrote. Her introductory paragraph was great. We then talked about how, in every paragraph she writes after the introduction, a good writer ties the thesis statement in. I asked her to finish the paper for next week and to really get it done. It does not matter as much that it be perfect, as that she begin to write a complete argument with an intro, a body, and a conclusion."
"We discussed general needs of the students today, discussing their desire to master advanced grammar rules, improve email writing, and possibly prepare for GRE testing. We discussed "on" vs. "in," the usage of "either/or," general clarity, and how to deal with subtlety and implications in writing emails. For the next session we will plan to review some writing that they have done between now and then. We will do timed writing sessions to help them feel more confident about writing quickly, and I will be suggesting further materials to help with grammar. We will also be talking about idiom and the use of "on" in contexts other than "on top of something," for instance "on time," "on the way," or "he's onto something.""