Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student continued working on his summer reading assignments, writing short commentaries to summarize short stories and selecting an illustrative quote from the text."
"We spent today's session discussing one of the student's college admissions essays. He must choose one out of five prompts to write about for the Common Application, along with up to two additional college-specific essays. Most of the Common Application prompts instruct him to write about a transformative experience. We adapted a portion of his experience to one of the prompts. I helped him to clarify and streamline his writing. I instructed him to finish drafting this essay for homework."
"I worked with the student on an essay regarding the two books he's read over the summer. We compared and contrasted the two themes. He and I worked on short answer questions, and structuring a longer essay."
"An excellent session. The student had revised last week's document, an answer to one of the questions required as part of an application for college. The revision was good, and in making changes he was able, throughout, to discuss the reasons for the changes and the differences between what he had written in his first draft and what he wanted to write in the final draft."
"As a way to expand our discussions about grammar, I introduced both students to diagramming sentences. They seemed to like the visual representation of relationships between words (i.e., grammar). The fact that the central idea of even complicated sentences gets distilled to a single line, while "extra" information like adjectives, articles, and prepositional phrases get pulled out and set away from the nut of the sentence. After some practice sentences from their own writing, I assigned them to pick 5-10 sentences and diagram them on their own as homework."
"At this session the student worked on writing conclusion sentences for essays. He also worked on defining words from context clues. He practiced spelling words as well. He did very well working on these concepts."