Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I returned for this second session at the student's household and found that he had revised and rewritten a draft of his college essay, as I requested from him at our last meeting. He had followed my previous instructions well, condensing language to make it more concise, rearranging sentences and paragraphs to find the best "flow" to the ideas in his essay, and most of all, tweaking his three closing paragraphs so that the driving points of the prompt were articulated well. After reading this new draft this evening, I instructed him to brainstorm on a "final flourish"-- a strong closing statement to his piece and then let him free-write quietly for a few minutes. He came up with an absolutely stellar idea. While he brainstormed, I skimmed through his essay to note any places where spelling, grammar, and syntax needed to be corrected. I recorded these items on a hard copy of his essay, which I returned to him. To finish the essay, he merely needs to make these few small corrections, as well as add the closing statement (which he has already composed) and rearrange the couple of sentences we designated. The student is fully capable of finishing by himself and I think that he has a strong and beautiful essay that he can feel confident and proud of when sending in to the colleges of his choice."
"During this session, the student finished working on her thesis. We continued our discussion of academic writing."
"We went through the rules and exercises for the student's upcoming test. We worked on editing the essay that she had written the last time. She is beginning to have a better understanding of organizational skills like writing transitions."