Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on her personal statement for the application. She is now finished with all application writing that she is aware of and will contact me if she encounters additional writing sections once she is in the online applications."
"Our goals for the session today were to finalize both of the student's essays and troubleshoot her common application essay, and we accomplished all these goals! She rose to the occasion between sessions, reducing the word count on one essay, writing the conclusion to another, and fixing the grammar in her common application. I was quite pleased, and she responded very well when I was able to show her the two essays crossed off the schedule--hopefully that visual sign of progress motivates her to keep up this pace."
"Today I conducted my eighth tutoring session with the student. During the session, we worked on the second of some answers, which deals with unusual ways in which the student has fun. The student and I agreed to meet on Monday."
"Tonight, the student and I did intensive editing, tweaking, and revising for her college essay on a quality she's proud she possesses. We worked a lot on finding not just a right way but THE right way to express her meaning verbally throughout the essay. We explored the definition of curiosity and the ways she could approach discussing the quality in and of itself, in addition to how it relates to her. I convinced her to give shorter sentences a chance instead of giving in to the urge to over-explain her point. Once she agreed, the sentences flowed more and became even more articulate. At the end of the session we'd done a lot of extremely focused editing, so I let her brainstorm ideas on a title for the essay. She made a huge amount of progress on the essay tonight."
"Today we worked on one prompt for her college essays. She originally had a brainstorm written, and we ended with a solid complete rough draft. I have no concerns. I think that with practice she can write very well."
"We reviewed the first complete draft of the student's essay for his master's application and discussed closing paragraphs prior to completing the final draft for next week. Additionally, he brought his resume and a letter of recommendation which we will review during next week's session as well. He is producing good writing after development of the outline and I expect his motivational letter to be one that illustrates his fit for a place in his desired master's program. I had no concerns regarding this session and look forward to next week."
"We completed the final draft of her first essay. This took most of the time, and we spent some time discussing the main message and purpose of her second essay. We worked on developing a thesis for her second essay. She had received some feedback from her English teacher on the revised draft of her first essay, and he was very pleased with the progress she had made. The student struggled a bit with writer's block this session, but we worked through it, and we were both really happy with the result of the work we did."
"Worked with the student on short essay responses to supplementary essays. We also submitted the application and filled out some transcript request forms. Her assignment for this week is to have all the transcript requests and ACT scores sent to all her schools and to complete the short answers."
"Worked on another form of personal information to hand to particular teachers for the purpose of writing letters of recommendation. This one was targeted for his Chinese teacher. Made a separate Word document in order to use spell checking and proof reading before pasting into the form. After getting started, it was much easier for him to return to the questions requiring more original responses. At the end of session, there was only one question left for him to polish and fully complete. Also gave some quick oral clarification about feedback on his essay. Instructed the student to fix what he could and turn it into his school college counselor without it being perfect (counselor's feedback will probably be helpful to the revising process)."
"The student and I worked on his Rubik's Cube essay, which is very close to completion. We worked through the essay sentence by sentence, trimming out extraneous words and cleaning up the language to reduce the word count. We also focused on emphasizing the fact that the Rubik's Cube gave him a sense of identity and purpose to further focus the essay on why the cube is an important part of who he is. We are both very happy with the essay and will continue to work on reducing the word count and finalizing the last sentence of the essay. Next session, we'll work on the SAT II Literature exam and make a plan for completing his supplements."
"The student had an essay that was prepared for her English class with the intention that it would be used for the Common Application. We discussed how to rework the essay so that it responded to a particular prompt. We also reworked the essay so that it better reflected her as a person and potential candidate. She accomplished writing three thorough paragraphs and then was instructed to work on the last body paragraph and conclusion before the next session."
"The student and I worked on properly outlining and writing a paper she was assigned in a theater class. The paper covered the acting style of Marlon Brando and required them to be compared to his counterpart Vivien Leigh in A Street Car Named Desire. We outlined and edited the paper as the student completed each argument."