Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I brainstormed for a couple of her upcoming college essays, and she began plotting out some rough drafts. She will spend time independently writing before I review her work."
"Today, we finished the student's Common Application essay. We also created a shortened version for his college application. His essay is excellent. It will tell admissions offices a lot about an experience that's important to him, as well as highlight his fantastic writing skills. Then, we worked on his university short answer questions. We changed his answers to two of them to better reflect his varied interests and show that he thought critically about why he chose the answers he chose. Next session, we're going to work on SAT II Literature, and I'd like for him to take the practice test I emailed him so that we can review it at the top of next session."
"We set two goals for this session: one, finish uniting the ideas and flow in the body and conclusion; and two, scour at least two paragraphs for word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions. After some additions, we split the second body paragraph into two paragraphs. We added a conclusion that tied everything together. Our goal was to remain authentic while also pulling at our essay readers' heartstrings a little. We spent the second half of the session going through the essay from the beginning. We read each sentence one at a time, considering its word choice, sentence fluency, and overall conventions. All the while, we worked hard to maintain her authentic voice and "spark." She voiced that the essay is definitely her "baby." She said she wants to try going through the next couple of paragraphs by herself using the same process, and I told her to go for it. My goal is to provide her with strategies that allow her to do most -- and eventually all -- of the heavy lifting herself. We are meeting on Wednesday to finish our editing."
"This evening, the student completed an exercise on conjunctions he had begun at our last lesson. He then completed a worksheet on identifying independent and dependent clauses, which also introduced a number of additional conjunctions. We also discussed literary devices including alliteration, hyperbole, similes and metaphors (which he had practiced previously). I pointed out to him that he should use these devices beginning with the composition he is writing for our session this coming Sunday."
"Tonight the student and I were able to completely focus on skill development of creating topic and concluding sentences. Based on her most recent skill report, it appears we should continue working on her writing skills, but also continuing with reading comprehension to ensure she continues to excel there as well."
"Today we worked on reading and math. The student answered comprehension questions and worked with fractions (she simplified and identified equivalent fractions). She did not struggle at all."