Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student accomplished a good deal of stuff. She finished assignments for English (A discussion paper), WC (A critical thinking paper and map-reading exercise), and health (a research worksheet on STDs). She was very polite and cheerful."
"During our session yesterday, the student and I studied for two upcoming tests in biology and history. We talked about the levels of organization in ecosystems, and did a series of practice questions together. We then moved on to review his history notes for his postponed history test, and he appears to be incredibly well-prepared. We thus focused on dates, names, and important locations to solidify his knowledge. He showed me his recent returned quizzes from history, and I was thrilled to see that he has scored 100% on each of them!"
"The student and I did exercises together for his upcoming English quiz on commas. He has a good handle on comma rules. He also started his math homework on quadratic equations. He reached out to his math teacher for help this week, a great step towards more self-advocacy (something that he is working on at school). As we worked through the homework assignment, we made notes on specific topics that he could ask his teacher for help with. In particular, we did problems on finding the vertex and x-intercepts of, and graphing quadratic equations."
"The student and I met to review the material that she had put together since our last session. She had a good start to her Common App personal statement about her love of learning. She had nicely laid out two personal stories about times she has dove deep into a subject simply because she wanted to know more! Her essay was missing something to connect the two together, so that is her homework for the week. We also reviewed the short answer supplemental questions for college applications. Many of them she had done and were great. We are going to have another session later this coming week to finalize her common app essay. She should then have everything done well in time for the deadline. During our next session, we are also going to start brainstorming about supplemental essays for other college applications so that she has those ready to go should she not be accepted to her top choice on early action."
"The student and I read over his essay and edited it, including cutting out parts so that it was within the word limit. We also worked on the conclusion and edited for punctuation and grammar. At the end of the session, he had a finished essay that he was happy with. He is going to continue thinking about it and have some others read it, and then decide if he is ready to submit it."
"The student and I sat down with her mother and spent a portion of the session reevaluating goals and expectations for colleges. After some time, we decided that the student and I would work together on her target schools, and then I would discuss those options with her mother at the end of our session. The student and I also created an updated outline for her college application process so that there is no confusion for her in terms of deadlines and submitting material. We will work on her essay during our next session."