Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During this session, we proofread and edited the student's cover letter for her application to an internship. I advised her to read this (and any) piece of writing aloud once she reaches the editing stage. In doing so, we caught a few hitches and improved the overall clarity and flow of the letter. The introduction required the most revision: we strove to eliminate vagueness and "filler" and instead to make a strong, confident, and memorable impression. In addition, we proofread her bio and made some minor adjustments. Together, we narrowed in on two technological questions to contribute to the class forum. Then we discussed suitable personalities for her media profiles, and settled on two choices. She wrote a paragraph on each as a pitch, which she will present in her seminar. Again, we emphasized the importance of working systematically through one piece at a time. She was able to stay organized and level-headed, despite her approaching deadlines for these assignments. We were productive and hopefully she can hold on to a sense of trust in her own abilities."
"(8:40 - 9:00 am - 20 mins) The student and I began the session by discussing the best use of our time and general progress since last week. (9:00 - 10:00 am - 60 mins) We began by discussing his progress for the second short paper, which was the goal for the session. He decided to focus on Mongol sieges of Japan. He had the raw materials for the paper and we worked on creating an organized outline. The student will follow up by filling in the blanks on his paper and refining the thesis. (10:00 am - 10:40 am - 40 mins) We discussed progress on the final paper on the Siege of Vienna. He made some progress since last week in looking at the prompt and the recommended article, and also finding the overview of the sieges of Vienna in his textbook. We discussed the prompt in detail and spent some time looking up potential sources in his university's databases. Our focus was on sources about the views of the opposing sides (Christian/Muslim). The student will follow up by seeking sources from military history secondary literature to fill out the picture."
"Today, the student and I had a meet and greet session. We had good chemistry and have had another meeting since then to work on an essay of his."