Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student finished up her college application essays today. We edited them together and made a few slight changes. She feels good about the end product and is ready to send them in."
"We worked together to finalize the student's supplemental essays for college. Our work was very productive and she definitely put her best foot forward."
"Today's session focused on revising the student's graduate admission essay since we now have most of the narrative building blocks in place. In practical terms, this meant editing for style, clarity, grammar and punctuation. With regard to writing style, the major task was getting his points across to the reader more concisely. In order to accomplish this, we eliminated or rewrote many run-on sentences and deleted extraneous information. While we were doing this, we also noted grammatical and punctuation errors needing correction. The ultimate goal of this streamlining and copy editing is an essay that flows more naturally and makes its points more effectively. The major part of the essay that remains to be written is the final portion, which describes the student's academic goals and scholarly interests. He will work on this over the weekend and I will review it during Monday's session. In addition, he will revise his current draft in accordance with the editing notes I made on the hard copy of his essay."
"Today, the student and I discussed the structure and grading rubric for the AP World History exam. She is a gifted and creative writer, but she struggles with the format of the DBQ essay and feels somewhat unprepared for the AP exam. So, we reviewed the requirements for the essay, and worked together to craft an essay in response to a DBQ prompt. I left her with an essay to complete; tomorrow we will review and grade it together. We will also look at the grading rubric for the other writing components of the AP exam, since the student's history teacher has not yet reviewed these with the class."
"The student worked on an online conference post for her psychology class. The response was based on a study known as the Milgram Research, where study participants would play the role of teacher and student. The goal of the study was to determine if a person could intentionally inflict pain on another person."
"The student read 3 chapters from her chapter book, and we talked about what happened in each chapter. She really seems to enjoy this chapter book, and so she doesn't want to stop reading. We also worked on 3 math pages in her activity book."