Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Began 1500 word essay on the five senses for liberal studies class. Planned and prepared, gathered information. Helped student understand and apply request and expectations."
"Today, we worked on the student's Common App essay. He hadn't worked on it since we last met, so we spent our session developing the second part of the essay (engineering in the classical age) and brainstorming for the third (what lessons he has learned from antiquity and how they have influenced his future as an engineer). I had him write a collection of sentences on the subject of his interest in engineering to get us started, and we were able to string those sentences into an excellent skeleton for the core of his essay. Because the essay is due Nov. 1, he has a lot of work to do, but I'm confident that his essay will turn out well. He is going to finish the third paragraph, and we're going to continue shaping it online."
"The student expressed concern that some important ideas had been lost in our effort to condense her wordiness and to create better flow. After going through her work so far, she voiced that it was necessary to leave some of her initial thoughts from the rough draft on the cutting room floor. At the same time, we added in more personal examples so that the essay more accurately reflected her unique experiences. The student said she learned these lessons during our time together: create flow by sticking to one thesis/ focus; try out different types of organizational patterns; and boost tone by writing from a place of vulnerability and honesty. I also told her she is a much stronger writer than she realizes. She needs more positive experiences regarding writing. I suggested she try out a creative writer's club at her school. Even daily journaling could help her work through her writer's anxiety. She is very smart and will go very far!"
"The student completed the question section of the article on skydiving, which was 3 pages long. This article and the hurricane one he began in this session are both focused on concepts in reading and writing informational text. He chose a 4-page article on hurricanes (the history and science behind) to partner read. I read a section and then he read a section aloud. In our next session, he will read and complete the multiple-choice and short-answer questions while referencing the text for accuracy. He presented what he learned about hurricanes to his mom at the end of the session and quizzed her. He has been studying hurricanes in his classroom at this time and he and his parents have been watching programs about hurricanes on TV."
"We concentrated on the preparation of speeches for an upcoming event, mainly addressing the nature of the audience on each of three occasions and identifying structure and tone. As usual, we also looked at memory and the use of sensitive material in public speaking."
"We focused on drafting the student's self evaluation for the year. She did good work with phrasing. She was very positive. I included strategies for finding evidence and improving phrasing. Her extra practice is to draft the self evaluation."