Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We began the sessions with algebra -- actually geometry -- calculating surface area of prisms and other three dimensional shapes. Then we went over the student's old essay. His writing is good, but he hasn't yet acquired the critical ear for good sentences, for judicious punctuation and varied structure. I left him with an assignment of my own: when he reads (a smart kid, he reads quite a bit) to pay attention to sentences and punctuation. I will encourage him to do the same in his essays. We will make a writer of him yet."
"The student shared a very good research which he had written for his English course. I advised him to strengthen the paper in three areas: 1) Topic sentences! Stating the central point of each paragraph succinctly at its opening serves to guide your reader through your argument, and therefore makes your writing substantially more convincing. You tell us your central claim, and then you show why it is true. 2) Be specific! You are smartly avoiding any use of "I" (good!), but you should avoid using vague language. 3) Citation. There should always be a page citation for every quote."
"Student and I continued to work on her most recent essay via email. I offered my final edits and information on how to cite certain documents."