Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student brought a very strong draft of her essay that we discussed and tightened up for clarity and grammar. That essay is now complete! Today will be our last meeting until she begins working through the online applications. If she encounters additional short answer questions and/or decides to apply to additional schools we will meet again to work through those pieces of writing."
"The student and I worked on her Common Application essay for the majority of this session, doing editing work together and reducing the word count. It's almost ready to go! We set it aside to simmer, and we'll finalize it on Saturday. Also for Saturday she is going to brainstorm and begin drafting her next two essays, which shouldn't be too difficult to begin."
"The student and I continued to work on her essay analyzing the dramatic elements in her novel. We focused on both proper argumentative writing techniques as well as editing and reviewing the paragraphs she had already written."
"Began preparation for 1400 word research paper in Adolescence: Structural Changes of the Adolescent Brain. Viewed online video for student and took notes from PowerPoint presentation. Responses completed to 2 other posts."
"The student is doing great! He informed me on yesterday that he made a 95 grade average on his last English essay! Yesterday, he was able to setup a essay outline by himself and we edited a recent essay that was written for his college application. Next week, we will be editing his final college essays."
"Tonight the student and I worked on smaller revisions of her initial essay draft for NYU. Together we decided where in the essay she would discuss her personal goals, academic goals, background, and beliefs about the world and herself. We brainstormed various ways to make her essay more personal (i.e., references to personal anecdotes, personal inspiration, family influences, etc.), and we looked through her essay to find redundancies in her writing to clarify her writing and help lower her word count. I told her to look for more redundancies and unneeded words in her essay to prepare for the next time we meet."
"I helped the student edit and revise the rough draft for her common app essay. There were several grammatical and usage errors that I quickly addressed. Beyond that, we reduced the length from 950+ words to 650 words, which was the maximum permissible length. We also focused on variety of sentence structure and maintaining a mature and positive tone throughout the essay. Most importantly, I wanted the student's voice to come through and to accurately and genuinely convey the emotional hardships she endured. I believe we achieved that. Overall, her essay has vastly improved from both a technical and stylistic standpoint."
"She and I worked on her college common application essay. She and I revamped the essay. We did an extensive brainstorming and structural development analysis of the essay. For homework, she is to play a round of golf and write down her emotions. Then she is to write the essay without paying attention to length, consistency and cohesiveness. Finally, she is to read the essay from the last sentence to the first sentence. In our next session, we will edit the essay together."
"The student and I worked on his personal essay. We corrected the first three paragraphs and only need to work on the leadership and conclusion paragraphs and then will cut down the essay to match the word limit. Our session was productive. The student only needs to look through his personal essay and write it more in his words before our makeup session tomorrow."
"The student and I discussed different ideas for his college entrance exams and how he can best display his life experiences in essays. I'm confident he will find a good voice for these essays."
"The student and I worked on finishing up her college essay for final edit. We reviewed the spreadsheet of her choice schools and looked at the upcoming deadlines and requirements to determine that we need three lengths of the essay for submission."
"We reviewed the outline the student completed for his college essay. Then we mainly worked on his resume. For next week, I asked him to complete his first draft of his essay. Next week we also planned on working on interview prep for his interview."