Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I met with the student on campus yesterday. I was very pleased to hear how deeply thoughtful she is about her political science major and about this course in ancient and medieval political philosophy that she is taking. We discussed her objective and then we reviewed her first version of the essay. We constructed a full working thesis statement that will serve as a robust skeleton for the rest of the essay. I showed her the framework I use to create a balanced, plausible argument. We used the 'although...nevertheless...therefore' prompt to build on. I plotted out a rough outline for the student so that she could begin redrafting the sections of her document in a way that would please all readers. I was quite convinced that the student had done her work and was fully engaged in the big process of revising her document in a meaningful and profound way. She has extremely fine thoughts. So, she has her task and I am expecting to discuss a new meeting time with her, once she feels ready to proceed. I expect that the next time we meet we can review a more developed essay and begin to whittle and shape it for perfect flow."
"I reviewed the student's essay and sent my edits and comments back to her via email. This is the same essay we had reviewed previously in our last session. I continued to make grammatical and sentence structure edits."
"The student and I edited her essay/response for an online assignment. We also worked on editing her resume."
"After reviewing how a story is made up of a beginning, middle, and ending, the student and I engaged in a shared writing exercise where I prompted him to go pursue a narrative with characters he brought to the table. He will continue working on this story for Thursday."
"Although our plan was to work on college essays, the student is very far behind in her work at school. Therefore, her father provided me with the list of assignments she is missing and today we worked to complete all of those assignments. We also spoke about meeting 3x next week and that I expect her to provide me with assignment due dates and prompts so I can make sure we are on track with her work."
"Although the student doesn't have scheduled weekly papers like last year, she does have writing assignments due for her English class and other classes this year. We reviewed this week's English assignment and she finished this week's assignment which involved writing out three chapters of her life in the third person. She had to define what was the distinguishing piece of each chapter and had to be able to illustrate via emotional words what it did for her future. I'm confident that the skills she gained last year will continue to help her with writing assignments this year."