Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student worked on a practice essay and we discussed themes in the novel he is currently reading for class."
"We reviewed the student's AP English class syllabus/upcoming assignments, with an eye to prepping for any writing assignments he receives. We collaboratively reviewed a AP English Lang prompt with sources and practiced note-taking for the sources as reading, and quick-reading through the sources. He wrote a rough draft quick-write for same prompt, and reviewed methods, strengths and weakness of each. I encouraged student feedback regarding borrowing/combining writing styles as a way to overcome writer's block. The student identified diversifying examples and vocabulary as targets. I introduced the student to an SAT study app (I've previously used this as an effective study tool for phone-savvy students). We concluded by setting goals: 1) Diversify vocabulary use in writing contexts 2) Diversify grammatical structure of sentences 3) Spend less time while writing stymied by writer's block/expressing ideas with words 4) Continue to review & write prompts from past AP English exams 5) Analyze high-scoring free response samples from previous AP English exams"
"First session with the student. We discussed the works he had studied previously in class: Hamlet and Huckleberry Finn. I gave him some tips and techniques. We scheduled a regular session on Sundays at 12."
"The student and I met today to continue working on her persuasive writing. We approached this from a number of different angles. For instance, she debriefed me on an in-class essay she'd done, and when she expressed concern over the conclusion she wrote, we rewrote it together and tried different tactics until she produced a conclusion she thought best achieved her goals. Then, we talked about why it did. I also had her craft her own essay prompt question based on lingering thoughts on Jane Eyre and then produce a series of claim-evidence-warrant cycles to address her own question. We practiced another conclusion with that essay, too. In the end, we were able to craft a compendium of approaches for conclusions, and she was clear on what tactics to use and when. Next week, we are going to work on explaining evidence and producing non-repetitive warrants, using her returned in-class essay as a starting point."
"The student and I outlined his independent reading paper together. He seemed a bit distracted, but managed to pull everything together enough to have a good start to the paper. We also worked briefly on a separate English project he had due in class soon."
"The student and I practiced reading comprehension today. She did an excellent job of quickly reviewing the texts and of identifying their main points. For the first text, I asked her to respond to questions about the main idea, cause and effect, and vocabulary. The student did an excellent job of responding to the questions correctly and of revising her sentences to be grammatically correct. I was very pleased that she started each of her responses with a noun, rather than "it," which was something that we discussed during our last session. I am proud of the improvements that she is making and look forward to helping her meet her potential."