Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session we worked on the student's mid-term exam. They were essay questions so I had to first read all of the material she was expected to write on. Then we discussed the texts in relation to the question. She had already started on her exam, so she showed me what she had. We the created an outline for her responses together and then I guided her with editing her paper accordingly. Once we had everything written, I gave the paper a final edit and it was ready to submit."
"As usual, the student was motivated, engaged, and prepared. He's a smart young man. We worked on two of his essays for college: one on past challenges he overcame, the other on his family background. Specifically: 1) I made suggestions about each essay's structure, concision, and emphasis. 2) We worked on connecting the opening and closing sentences of each essay to improve symmetry. 3) We worked hardest on cutting them down to size (250 words max)."
"We reviewed the student's essay. He's going to work on it this weekend and can send it to me for feedback. I'll also be seeing him Tuesday to go over the revised essays. The student is a good writer. He was very receptive to feedback and I'm looking forward to seeing the revised essays."
"We worked on the essay for the college application. Both essays just need a last read and minor editing. When the student finishes them, I will read them over one last time before submission. We finished our sessions today."
"The student had her English teacher read her essays, so we started off by discussing her suggestions. Next we looked at her "goals" essay, which she hopes to make more natural sounding (as opposed to formulaic). We brainstormed how to re-arrange particular sentences and re-frame the topic so that it doesn't sound forced and engages the reader more. Finally, we went over what she has to tackle next and the time line we hope to stick to."
"Both students had sent me drafts and I had offered feedback for each draft. Student L has made progress on her paper about the Crusades. Student C's paper, however, needs clarification in a few areas. She also needs to write more material. I decided to spend most of the session helping her. First, I gave both girls a lesson in the MEAL format: Main idea, Evidence, Analysis, and Link. After discussing the MEAL protocol for writing body paragraphs and looking at examples in their papers, I spent most of the rest of our time trying to help Student C apply MEAL to four of her body paragraphs about the changes in political, social, economical and religious aspects of Europe after the Crusades. We looked closely at three particular paragraphs and discussed how to clarify and/or change the main ideas and add appropriate evidence. Because I think it might help her sense of organization, I asked her to post her 4 main ideas on a wall with the evidence, each aspect being on a separate card. The visualization of ideas might her rethink the overall outline rather than mucking around with each paragraph."