Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session was dedicated to working through and building on the student's outline and rough draft for his most recent essay assignment in English, which required comparative analysis of two short stories. A review was provided of the structural characteristics of written argumentation, emphasizing the need to substantiate interpretive claims with direct citations that logically lead the reader from one point of the exposition to the next. In this regard, the importance was stressed of creating and maintaining orienting signposts for the reader along the way, to remind them of how the concrete textual details one is analyzing relate to the overall thesis being presented. Various techniques for reiterating and summarizing one's claims in further clarifying ways were discussed in relation to the question of how to write a good conclusion."
"The student practiced her reading skills, She read Dr. Seuss's "I Can Read with My Eyes Shut." She did a very nice job and was able to decode bigger words. She spent 20 minutes on her math homework also, where she worked on odd and even numbers. Finally she did some writing, using her spelling words."
"Today, we focused almost completely on writing three different thesis sentences: a general one, one better suited for a persuasive essay, and one for a chronological or process-centered essay. As always, the student's attitude towards the material was very receptive. I left her with the assignment to write 3-5 sentences about the use of each sentence."
"The student took 2 exams - 1 in Verbal Reasoning and 1 in Reading Comprehension, each with a 25-minute time limit. I assigned him an essay for homework, along with a snowflake diagram for planning his thoughts. I created a list during ISEE prep vocabulary quiz time today of the words he hasn't mastered yet, so I can create a homework list of words to ask him to spend more time on at home."
"We discussed the student's applications to two universities and discussed how she could talk more about her role as master's student in these respective programs. We also worked on making the language of her personal statements more formal and did some grammar edits."
"We reviewed the alphabet and vowels, the student's first list of high frequency words, and rhyming. She received a new list of rhymes. We finished a book. We also played a game reviewing some of the new combination sounds. Great session overall!"