Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"For this session the student and I went over the essay portion of the assessment. I read through her homework essay from last week, which was written on a computer. Oftentimes 2-3 example paragraphs are vital to the essay; I told her to describe the example that was relevant and supportive in 3-5 sentences, and then relate it back to the argument overall. I helped her to realize the keypoints that her essay needs to cover. She needs to: 1) state in the first sentence her position/point of view as relates to the open-ended prompt question. Then 2) She must follow a malleable version of the 5-paragraph essay that is so popular in school. Her intro (with thesis at the start) must then directly correlate with the excerpt given and continue to relate back to the open-ended prompt. Each evidentiary paragraph must be directly tied in with the paragraph above (using transition words/phrases). I had her try to "map out"ù another essay question, coming up with her argument (position) in one or a few words, then writing out brief examples with a conclusory statement. For her homework I also asked her to do this during a 25 minute timed essay written by hand. We also reviewed some critical passage reading, and she is definitely making progress. She knows the questions and passages she finds easy, and those she does not. I gave her a few overall strategies for Saturday. Overall, a great session, and I told her that she can contact me for a short meeting on Thursday before the test."
"The student and I went over the critical reading and writing section of the assessment. We focused on the ways in which the critical reasoning section is different from the reading section of the assessment."
"We did a critical reading section together before going over a test that the student had taken during the week. I then assigned another set of sections (focusing primarily on critical reading) for next week."