Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed her essays on neurosurgery and tennis. The neurosurgery essay remains the most promising and we came close to finalizing it."
"The student and I discussed the final 3 sections of his college essay. These sections dealt with his Chinese and Tibetan language study, the research project for his undergraduate minor, and his specific plans for advanced study. In order to improve the essay's organization, he rearranged the order of these sections. Additionally, we edited them for clarity and style. While these sections occupied much of our time, we also reviewed the latest draft of his full essay, which incorporated many of my suggestions from last week. Since our next session will be our last, I also provided him with some overall writing guidelines to use in making his revisions. I'm satisfied with the essay's content and organization; the main task now is improving the presentation. To that end, I advised the student to closely review his essay before our next meeting in order to correct problems with grammar, punctuation and syntax."
"We spent this session wrapping up loose ends from the first round of applications and assessing what needs to happen next. First, we edited and submitted her application--the last of the early deadlines. Then we looked through her materials--the two schools to which she has been accepted so far--and pulled out all the scholarship applications for discussion. We made a list of required scholarship essays and dates for submission for those two schools. This next week she is to brainstorm for her essays and write down some ideas, and she is to research options further and decide which scholarships are best for her. We also looked at other scholarships--this next week, she is to brainstorm for one of the scholarship essays and research the Dean's Scholarship website to see what sorts of projects students have put forward for submission (and gauge whether or not she has the time to complete something similar). Finally, she is to look at the text of her French piece and consider its meaning and emotional evocations as though it is a poem--this will help her to interpret it with meaning for her pre-screening vocal assessments. So, in sum: two brief research assignments, two brainstorming assignments, and one poetry reflection."
"The student worked on a summary for his book report on Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (a novelization of the movie). I worked with him on introducing further detail, giving the summary a beginning, middle, and end, and choosing clear transitions. He shows interest in this assignment and has a decent ear for flow. Because he has to hand in a handwritten version, I advised him to rewrite the summary so it was more legible."
"The student and I spent the bulk of today's session reviewing for his upcoming history exam. We also discussed the material that he is covering in English class, and we made sure to discuss the remaining homework he has on this week's calendar. Great work! Productive afternoon."
"We read through her paper topic and talked about her ideas for a thesis argument for her paper. We then created a thesis and an outline. Once that was finished, we talked about how she could use the outline to work through her paper and keep it organized. We then worked on the first few paragraphs of the paper."