Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on another section of the Dracula paper, keeping in mind the following: word choice, keeping sentences simple and making sure every paragraph directly supports the thesis. We're making good progress!"
"Today I corrected the student's assignment from last Thursday where he was to write a lengthy paragraph on the subject of setting. I found his writing to be quite good in the fact that he included many descriptive adjectives and adverbs in relating his tale about a haunted house. After this phase of the session, I worked with him on 6 pages of grammar dealing with subject and predicate identification in sentence structure. I left him with another writing assignment where he will be creating a story with dialogue."
"This week, we reviewed the student's Shakespeare writing assignment, which requires her to write a sonnet in the style of Shakespeare. We discussed how to approach creative writing like this, touching on topics of verse and meter, in terms of technical aspects. We also discussed using figurative language (which is part of her assignment) and how to craft a central metaphor or theme for the poem which relates to the topic and to choose figurative language based on that. We also discussed how to approach the larger structure of the poem, regarding the 'turn' or moment of contradiction which separates the two sections as well as the final couplet which summarizes the poem's contradictory aspects."