Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we covered descriptive writing. I pointed out key elements of description including specificity; engaging the five senses; and using metaphor, hyperbole, simile, and personification. I had the student read an excerpt from "Writing Tools" about twisting cliches to make them fresh. We then looked at a story I had written, as well as two poems I hadn't, for inspiration on utilizing these devices of description. The student wrote a descriptive paragraph, making sure to follow the writing process we discussed last week. I offered him critiques on his paragraph and encouraged him to be playful with words when possible, as this will keep readers captivated by his writing. Next, we reviewed comma usage from previous weeks and learned a few more uses for commas. Finally, we looked at the student's persuasive essay he previously wrote, paying attention to his comma errors. I also noted his essay's strengths and weaknesses. For next time, he'll revise and add to his descriptive paragraph. He will also look for three examples of cliches and three examples of broken cliches as he goes about his week."
"The student made the recommended edits to her essay and sent me the new draft. I reviewed the essay before we met and gave her advice about specific word and sentence structure choices. We also spent some time looking at two new sections that she added. The recommended changes were few and relatively minor. She is comfortable with the essay as one that she can send to schools."
"Today we covered the student's essay. We looked at tone and flow for each paragraph and they improved over the course of the session. As our time ended she was ready to finish off her application and get it in the mail by the deadline."