Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I finally finished the psychology unit on sleep; Today we reviewed and wrote notes on snoring, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, insomnia, and parasomnias. Her art history course this quarter requires a lot of engagement in online discussions, so today we went over the discussion posts of several of her classmates, and had her draft responses."
"The student had finished her reading assignment, so we were going over some of the themes and subjects that I had told her to look out for to cite for her essay. We went over a number of examples she found relating to various literary devices (theme, characterization, etc.) and she started to better understand the meaning and differences between the different devices. She eventually decided there were enough examples of Characterization to support the book's theme (according to her assignment). I told her to have the first draft of the 3 body paragraphs ready by next session, which she seemed happy to do."
"I have started going over his term paper for his international relations class. He explained what his paper was about and I am working mostly on reviewing his grammar and sentence structure, but also some on overall construction of, and evidence for, his argument. He has written all of the first part, which is 15 of the 20-page requirement so reviewing that will keep me busy while he writes the case study section."
"The student and I worked on her spelling sentences for the week. During our weekly sentence-writing game, we challenged each other to use three words with at least eight letters, and learned a few new words with over ten letters. She is improving so much in her ability to spell new words that she has not seen before!"
"During this session, the student reviewed comments I had made on his History paper rough draft and made the appropriate edits and revisions. He has been so on top of working on his paper each week. I am extremely impressed by his work ethic! Most of the edits he made involved tightening up his paragraphs by deleting sentences which were off topic and deleting sentences which were redundant. We also worked on word choice. His word choice is sometimes vague, so we discussed the importance of being as specific as possible. His topic sentences and transitions continue to improve. We are still working on implementing more variety in the structure of his sentences. To conclude the session, I worked with him on a vocabulary assignment. He had to read a passage and use context clues to define each word. He did a nice job on this exercise. It definitely helped him work on word choice because I challenged him to define each word with a variety of words."
"The student and I reviewed an essay she wrote for the session from one of her test prep textbooks. In the essay, she used several more "pop" literature examples that are very difficult to pull off effectively as lit examples in the SAT essay. I recommended that she use examples with a more universal knowledge base. We also reviewed a short grammar portion from one of her practice tests, and I assigned a full SAT grammar section for our next session."