Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Between our last session and this one, I had taken all the Analytical Writing Issue prompts from the college website and grouped them into 10-12 thematic clusters so we could organize arguments (pro & con) and examples around each theme. Since time-managing her essays is one of her major concerns, having some ideas and examples "pre-loaded" will help her brainstorm and outline her actual test essay more quickly. That way she can focus more on writing, proofreading and polishing without running out of time. We ran through a number of themes, wrote down lists of arguments and examples, and talked a bit about how the approach might change depending on the exact wording of the prompt. After the session, I compiled the notes in a document and sent them to the student. For our next session, she will have written a timed essay using some of the material we've generated. She will also have given some thought to arguments and examples in some of the other theme clusters. Next session we will review her work, and also spend some time on the Analytical Writing Argument prompts."
"The student and I met for the first time today. He pasted in an essay that he had written on a practice exam and together we went through it, looking for complexity and clarity. For the most part, he does pretty well with the format of the essay, and has roughly the proper number of ideas presented and in the correct order. Where he lacks mostly is in the transition department. I look forward to working with him again."
"- We continued working on the issue essay. - We went over some of her previous essays and the two I assigned as homework. - We focused on organization and simplifying our main points. - She will do the exercises I assigned and do two more."
"The student and I continued to work on conversation, focusing on how to discuss recycling. We also touched upon some difficult words to understand, such as "lighting, lightning, and lightening." We discussed several grammar points, including "Even if.""
"The student and I discussed questions from his class, which covered broad topics from his first unit "love and friendship." We thought critically about the broader topics of family and community, and I implored him to think deeply about his own convictions and thoughts. We then put those thoughts into French, both in our conversation and in writing."
"We worked on a physical science diagnostic test today. We looked at acid/base questions as well as oxidation/reduction, oxidation states, and balancing equations. The student took the diagnostic test for physical/biology/and CARS and we hope to look at CARS this next session."