Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I finished reviewing her main application essay. We completed a second draft of the secondary essay."
"For today's session, the student needed to revise and resubmit her essays for her applications. I also asked her to select and fill out a few of her applications so that we could print her essays, upload them to her applications, and begin making submissions. We'll focus for the next two weeks on getting her applications finished. After that point, I'll give her a new schedule for her literature class and text-work for her auditions--she did have copies of all her pieces ready for me today, which was great."
"I had a great first session with the student! After discussing his goals for tutoring with him and his mom, I read his Common Application essay, which is in great shape. It's full of fantastic details, and he is a great writer. I made two suggestions to make the essay pop: first, that he treat his essay like a narrative, and second, that he think more broadly about what he wants colleges to know about him as a person based on the story his essay tells. For next session, he is going to frame his essay around the story of an accomplishment. He'll write a dramatic opening paragraph describing the event and close the essay with the results of the competition. He'll also decide what he wants colleges to know about him, and we'll integrate that information into the essay during our next session. Finally, we did one section of a practice SAT II Literature exam and determined that with some practice, he will do well on that test. We also discussed a schedule-- we'll start working on the SAT II Literature exam and his college supplements once we complete his Common App essay."
"The student had a homework sheet on "Wonder," so I asked him to read me the answers. We acknowledged how powerful it is when a work of literature brings up feelings in our own lives."
"As discussed with his parents, the student and I primarily spoke about functional items, including his interest in graphic design, motivation to pursuing higher education, being organized as the first step to success, and better prioritizing his homework assignments. I left him to fill in his calendar with quizzes, tests, and homework on the day it is assigned and the day it is due. I'm looking forward to working with him again and helping him to succeed this semester!"
"The student recently landed very good grades in English, History, and Science. He has also said that he is getting accustomed to a process of carefully reviewing his work before he hands it in. This has been the key to his improvement so far in English. We also are scheduling our sessions according to what he has due the next day. He has made good progress so far this term."