Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I completed reviewing and editing her college essay. She had edited the grammatical errors and added more substantive content to the essay based on what we went over in our session a week earlier, so we only quickly reviewed the essay and I asked her to e-mail me the final product so I could do one last look over for any small grammar fixes. We spent the better portion of the session discussing her approach to answering the short answer application questions."
"The student and I began working on her application essay, reworking her previous essay to fit the new application prompt. She kept the first essay's introduction (i.e., a narrative about her grandmother's cancer and her decision to become a doctor), and we reworked the remaining essay to address the specific achievements the student has accomplished that make her a strong fit for the program. For the rest of the essay, we focused almost exclusively on content development, organization, and flow since these are still things with which she continues to struggle. She has improved a great deal, however, in responding efficiently to a prompt's request as well as eliminating unnecessary words and phrases to make her writing more concise. For our next session, she should work on writing her essay's third paragraph on her extracurricular activities. As always, she is a delightful student with whom to work, and I look forward to continuing our tutoring sessions in the future!"
"We continued reviewing the student's college essays. The main Common App essay is basically complete and most of her supplements are finished as well."
"This session was dedicated to two mutually reinforcing activities, the first of which involved correcting and jointly discussing the student's most recent creative writing project, and the second of which entailed working through a series of exercises sampled from the preparation textbook for the upper-level SSAT/ ISEE exam. While the former testified to improvements in logical organization, a few characteristic errors presented themselves as subjects of additional study focus. Some of these included distinctions between homophonous word forms, uses of the apostrophe in plural versus singular possessive pronouns, and ways of conjoining related but independent ideas with various forms of punctuation or with alternative syntax. The textbook exercises were designed to expand the student's working written vocabulary; sentence examples were offered to facilitate usage of recognized words."
"This session was mainly about organizing the student's pre-write. I provided him with a couple of graphic organizers that will help him structure his paper. He chose a prompt and we planned the essay together using the organizers. His homework was to take the information placed in the organizer and construct an essay. He was very focused this session and kept up with new concepts."
"This session was our final session together. We reviewed what was discussed over the summer and I gave the student and his mom suggestions for help for them in the future. I gave mom some suggestions for improving his spelling and information for the student's fourth grade teacher."