Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I spoke about each of the three personal essays she has been working on. The essay on her interest in neuroscience is off to a great start, with a strong introduction, and we came up with an outline of the remainder of the essay. We also restructured the essay on languages and made a general outline for the essay on her tennis injury. For now she feels that the neuroscience essay is strongest and intends to focus on that for submission to her early-admission schools."
"The student used the writing strategies I suggested in our last session. We reviewed what she had written. We also discussed using Polynesian dance as a vehicle and organizing framework for the essay. To get started with these ideas, she wrote a paragraph about her grandmother dancing and one on the meaning of "aloha"."
"Last night, the student wrapped up her second school admission essay and began answering some of the short questions required by her first choice school. We discussed revisions to her first remaining admission essay and are hoping to put some final touches on it in the next session. We got a lot done in that amount of time, and I asked her to select a topic for the next school essay she must write. In the next session, I hope to essentially finish all the essays."
"The student and I worked on assignments for her film class first. She had prepared a draft of an assignment in the "x" symbolism of the 1930 version of "Scarface." Assignment two was responding to five questions dealing with the concept of the 1920-1930s studio systems where these systems controlled both the distribution and production of all film."
"The student and I worked on both reading and writing in this session. First I presented her with practice questions for the test, and she did very well using context clues and deciphering words to determine meaning. There were four different texts that had questions on them and overwhelmingly she was able to answer the questions correctly. The second part of our time we worked on writing prompts for essay questions, and using them as the basis for thesis statements. This exercise worked very well as it helped her to transform a general statement into something personal, compelling, and interesting to read (and write!). I was very pleased with how she is progressing in regard to developing thesis statements, as well as her reading comprehension."
"The student and I worked on brainstorming, new vocabulary, and structure for a writing assignment for her class in which she has to relate a personal experience. We also spent some time reviewing contractions; which ones are correct and which usages are appropriate."