Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I walked through each of her printed essays to check for last minute grammatical mistakes, accurate school and department names, and final changes to tone/message. As she approved each essay, we uploaded it to her application, completing the essay portion for each university. She planned on then filling in the activities portions of her applications and submitting a large chunk on Sunday. On Tuesday, we will start brainstorming and drafting essays for her next round of schools!"
"The student had an essay that was prepared for her English class with the intention that it would be used for her essay. We discussed how to rework the essay so that it responded to a particular prompt. She also reworked the essay so that it better reflected her as a person and potential candidate. She accomplished writing three thorough paragraphs and she was instructed to work on the last body paragraph and conclusion before the next session."
"The student had a lot of general anxiety about both her Common App and supplemental essays and the college application process in general, so we first worked to alleviate those fears! Rather than allow her to be overwhelmed by the number of tasks before her, I directed the session so that we focused on the supplemental essay for her top school and her Common Application essay. We discussed strategies and possible topics for each of the four essay options, eliminating two and focusing on the other two which seemed as if they would be easier for her to develop a meaningful essay. In our next session, she and I will finalize a choice of essay and create an outline/rough draft. We then turned to her Common Application. I was happy to see that the basis of her essay - the story she is trying to tell- is meaningful, personal and genuine. Her biggest obstacle in constructing her essay is difficulty grasping and extrapolating on the deeper consequences of the experience she is writing on: how it changed her personally, her perspectives and how it has provided for her growth and maturity as an individual. To this end, we discussed (in general terms) our strategy for editing her personal statement which will involve (1) a more concise back story (2) an additional paragraph dealing with her relationship with her parents and culture and (3) how this has affected her character. We are meeting again on Wednesday to go over the first edit of her essay."
"The student and I worked through three reading comprehension passages (2 long, one short) and approximately 50 grammar questions in paragraph format. He did well on the passages but had a tendency to move too quickly through the grammar questions. We focused on slowing down to identify the noun in noun/verb agreement questions, to understand the context of the paragraph for "best sentence revision/ should this sentence be included" questions, and to identify and remedy unclear antecedents. When paying attention to the details, he was able to get the majority of these questions correct. Overall, I have been greatly impressed with his performance and his improvement, in reading in particular (which has been our main focus)."
"The student continued working on punctuation this week. He did a great job remembering its/it's/your/you're/their/they're/there from last week and is beginning to get more engaged creatively with our work. We focused on quotation marks for this session, and used it as an opportunity to also review periods, commas, and other punctuation, all of which he picked up quickly."
"Today we finished reviewing phonics skills and worked on combining the consonant and vowel sounds we've covered in new vocabulary. We read one nonfiction assessment and the student was able to answer all of the comprehension questions with 100% accuracy. Following that she read aloud from a book she has been reading on her own, and worked on some word problems in math. Her computation skills are excellent for fourth grade, and even her analytical skills which require decoding word problems and identifying the correct operations to complete. We will meet again next week and continuing reinforcing reading skills, and work on additional homework as needed."