Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on his vocabulary as a warmup before moving on to the college essay. We discussed several sample questions, and he will write one for our next session that we can edit. We also began a college application by way of example, and talked about what he wants from college."
"The student and I started planning for his "exploratory essay." We wrote out a schedule for this week for his to get everything done and stay on top of his work. We also started looking for sources for his essay and talked about skills for finding good sources and for constructing them into a logical progression of ideas when writing out a literature review."
"We prepared for the student's upcoming test on grammar concepts today. Based on an old test and some homework, she asked for some help with diagramming sentences, which is what we spent the majority of our time on."
"The student and I spent our session today reviewing Chapter 12 in his grammar book, the chapter that covers subject-verb agreement. Some of it was review, but I think it was useful for him to revisit material about modal verbs and uncountable versus countable nouns. We also discussed indefinite pronouns and correlative conjunctions, material we had not yet covered and which I think the student found useful."
"We worked on phrases, clauses, subject-verb agreement, punctuation, and other aspects of Grammar. I utilized online worksheets to identify where the student was challenged and we worked through the assignments until he achieved 100% on each one."
"The student showed remarkable insight into her writing today. We have all but finished the rough draft. An area I want to work on with her is actually relying less on the research she's done and more on her own intellect to give her writing more flare. I want her to develop confidence in her critical thinking skills and write like she means it! She did that the best on her 3rd body paragraph. Her 3rd body paragraph was the best thing she's written thus far, and it was phenomenal. It contained good transitions, good instincts about what to start and what to end with, powerful information, and a good ability to bring home a point. We'll finish next session with the rough draft and then work on filling in more of her ideas before finishing a "final copy.""