Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I had previously Emailed the student information about the writing component of the SATs. We recapped the marking scheme and what is required. Together we went through an exemplar essay deconstructing the key points paragraph by paragraph. I then demonstrated how to use a writing frame to link all the points together in a cohesive, thought out manner. This gave him a structure, which he liked. He then marked and deconstructed an essay, identifying how to improve and develop it. He then started to work on the first paragraph of his own essay, considering the marking scheme and strategies we had explored. A very positive session."
"At the student's request, we worked on her application essay. We wrote an outline and went over her writing. Then, we went over the three essays (NES format) she wrote following my essay topics given to her last week. She needs to work on not using incorrect introductory phrases and developing vocabulary. I gave her 1 a newspaper article with examples of introductory phrases, and 2 with descriptive writing. As this is our last session, I encouraged her to use all of her notes and examples we developed."
"We reviewed her latest written homework, and discussed introductions and conclusions and personal pronouns in writing at length. She is showing significant improvement in her punctuation and subject-verb agreement, though she still has room for more work in comma usage. Definitely some great effort on her part though."
"In lieu of a regular session, for this first session I met the student's father to discuss his goals for the student's tutoring. He explained that the student is a smart kid, but unmotivated in school. As a result, the student has missed a fair amount of homework, and his grades are suffering. He wants me to meet with the student 4x a week to work on study skills, homework management, and general academic tutoring for the remainder of the school year. My first in-person session with the student will take place on Monday. My hope is that I can alleviate some of the stress surrounding the student's school work by helping him manage his work effectively."
"The student and I continued to work on reading response prompts. I noticed that he was eager to try and draft full paragraphs in final form instead of breaking down the essay line by line by numbering each sentence. It was nice to see his confidence begin to really show. He still needs more time breaking down his writing sentence by sentence so that he can work on elongation and extending his work."
"We made a lot of progress today on the revision of the socio-linguistics project. The student was able to get feedback from her professor and she said the study would be too broad. We opted for code-switching used by young, urban musicians in online posted interviews. This required additional readings and data samples for possible use with the new study focus. I emailed all the work that was done last night and today toward this goal. She will present the new proposal to her professor for a second round of feedback. She will let me know where we can go from here - excellent!"