Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We spent the session editing the student's qualifying paper for APA style. This involved very specific formatting as well as adding in a draft of an abstract, titling, etc. The bibliography had a significant number of inconsistencies and some missing data. That is an area for us to work on in future sessions as APA is very important in academic and professional writing. While this process has taken a lot of time, given that this is her qualifying doctoral exam, I think that it has been time well spent. It will give her a good foundation for future papers--learning by doing, so that she has experience producing a solid paper."
"The student's essay comparing essays by James Baldwin, Richard Rodriguez, and Brent Staples is due on Thursday. The Baldwin in particular is dense, complex material. I looked over a draft of the first half of her paper, and we spent the rest of the session discussing the Baldwin essays, to help her refine her understanding of what he is saying. We've set up two more sessions this week (Tuesday morning and Wednesday evening) to continue preparing for this paper."
"We've gotten the results of the first essay assignment - 95%! The essays are coming along nicely and I can see a marked difference in attitude: much more confidence. Today we focused our time on preparing for the final essay, rather than waiting until the last week to start the process. We also spent significant time reviewing for the grammar quizzes."