Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We started with a practice test (correcting phrase, clause, and sentence errors) to warm up. The student is doing better at recognizing how to best connect compound sentences and I think continuing to see variations on the same concept will increase her comfort with that. She is becoming much faster at seeing her mistakes as we go over her work, which is a very good thing. I had the student write one essay and was very pleased with her progress. She branched out a bit from the format we had been talking about and did a great job maintaining a logical flow of ideas. The student spent some time revising this essay and we talked about how she could improve it. We ended with a couple more practice tests; one on correcting sentences and one that combined multiple concepts. We will continue to emphasize connecting clauses and dangling modifiers. We also encountered a question that required the present perfect tense, a concept we may revisit next session."
"We covered planning an essay and making a clear thesis and strongly relating good examples back to the thesis. We did a couple practice prompts and worked on coming up with clear ideas for support. We also covered level 4/5 math problems and how to work through them efficiently to get the correct answer."
"We looked at a recent essay he wrote for his medical microbiology class, and while he noted that he could improve his vocabulary and structuring techniques, I commented that I enjoyed his writing style and creative use of hooks and examples. Transitioning to some SAT prep, I showed him some examples of strong writing responses and explained the best approach for time management on the essay. We then parsed through some sample multiple-choice questions for the SAT writing section. He frequently had trouble spotting grammatical inconsistencies but was receptive to all of my tips on punctuation, singular/plural agreement and verb conjugation. We agreed to address some reading strategies at our next session, and I assigned him his first SAT essay-writing exercise for homework."