Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We discussed the rest of the college supplemental essays that the student has to do and agreed on a timeline for when he would write and revise his essays."
"In the first session with this student I reviewed her personal statement and worked with her to formulate a broad plan of action going forward in regards to structuring the essay. She had already drafted a strong personal statement, and I continued to work with her to pin down the concept of her essay in order for her to get her point across in the statement more succinctly and effectively. We broke the essay up into sections and reviewed each paragraph separately, making sure that each paragraph had a theme that fit into the whole (also with an emphasis on transitions). There were some substantive changes that we agreed should be made, and we agreed she should make those changes on her own time (since the statement was rather personal, I only provided direction and said she could email me with the changes she made). After that we went through and made minor grammatical edits. I am planning on meeting with her again so we can review the substantive changes she made and finalize the statement for her to send off."
"The student and I worked on her application. I spent 30 minutes reviewing her essay and providing feedback online earlier, so during today's session, we continued to revise her essay, developing her narrative introduction, working on paragraph development, adding transitions, and eliminating wordiness. She did an amazing job, and we will finish this essay up by the end of the week."
"This class was the first class to determine what level the student can be placed. She tested out at an intermediate level. She specified what type of problems she is having while trying to perfect the English language. We will concentrate on grammar, writing, speaking, and reading. During this first class, she did very well in a dictation, with very few spelling mistakes. She is a very bright student and enthusiastic to make progress. I will be giving her homework every day, which will be reviewed in class."
"This morning, the student and I continued to work on close reading of fiction. The questions following the reading were somewhat different than those of the previous readings. He had to describe the character traits of the two characters in the story, write questions about the reading, and highlight where in the text the answers to the questions could be found. He also had to choose individual words that could summarize two of the paragraphs, and write a summary of the story as a whole. His answers to these types of exercises are becoming more accurate as we continue to practice them. He also started a worksheet on which he had to rewrite given sentences in the present and the past tense."
"This second session, we reviewed the student's new outline for his Romeo and Juliet essay. There was still some lack of detail and clarity, so we discussed further how to enhance his points. We paid particular attention to word choice and length of sentences (many of his sentences are quite short and simple; I emphasized that his essays would benefit from the use of more complex, developed sentences and ideas). We double-checked the thesis, and talked about a "hook" at the start of the introduction. We also made sure the topic sentences were strong. I left him with a 14-word list to enter into a "vocabulary notebook," which would contain definitions as well as sample sentences from the internet and an original sentence. I asked him to make sure to include these new words (which we brainstormed together and discussed) in a new draft of the essay."