Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student is working on a couple of papers and some more research inquiries. She's also starting to work on another extra credit opportunity. Today, I brought some grammar books with me and recommended resources for her. We looked at verb types, appositives, and various types of sentence structures. We discussed alternatives to commonly used informal wordings - she's making a list of "academic-sounding" words and phrases that can be used as transitions, introductions, and elaborations. As usual, I did my own proofreading suggestions and then she looked at them and decided for herself what worked best for the content and what sounded best to her."
"The student and I covered World War I poetry. I am working with him to narrow his focus when taking notes."
"The student and I did a review of remaining projects for the semester. We developed a plan of action for completing various assignments and coordinated research efforts."
"The student is just a really, really good guy. First of all, he claims English is his weakest subject, though he could have fooled me. He is well-read, though says he doesn't read very much. He has strong baseline writing skills and is incredibly polite and knowledgeable about everything from Bible stories to sports to current events. We spent a majority of the first session focusing on drafting good thesis statements and introductory paragraphs. I taught him my more advanced "hi-low" style of writing (infusing micro and macro elements into a thesis statement showing a working knowledge of both the intricacies of a story as well as overarching themes and morals,) and he picked that up right away. His father and I talked, and there will be a larger focus on his work packet moving forward, although my goal is to have him do more independent reading and writing on his own. The goal is to have the student have a finished, AP-level essay written about rigorous text before the school year starts."
"The student is looking to have a technical report that she was written for her pharmaceutical company reviewed for grammar, flow, and comprehensibility. Specifically, she is looking for feedback on the construction of the Results and Discussion sections, as well as how those sections relate back to the Introduction. She is also having difficulty writing an Abstract for this report, and would like direction and feedback on this. I will provide her with a first round of comments on this paper by the end of the day on Sunday. She will respond to these comments and we will go through a second round of corrections. At this point, she and I may decide to discuss her paper one last time, or she may feel that it is ready for submission."
"The student is making great progress. He should continue to work on proofreading his essay and filling it in with as many details as possible. He is completing his assignments on time and has gotten much better with reading comprehension."