Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student hasn't gotten her math test back yet, so we worked on homework from school first. She had to change present tense verbs to future tense; the first few required more prompts, but then she got more independent. She also had a math assignment involving multiplying decimals; she did well with this. We then went over her flash cards - she did really well on multiplication, subtraction, and spelling. We are starting to work on division flash cards. I also gave her another writing assignment involving her new vocabulary words. I was very pleased with her progress!"
"We completed a math assignment on order of operations and a science reading and worksheet on the solar system. The student works really hard, and I can tell that she wants to succeed."
"I reviewed the student's math homework, which consisted of simplifying fractions. I helped him think about the problems so he could find the correct answers. After working on math we moved onto vocabulary. I quizzed him on all of his vocabulary words, which consisted of words that had the prefix "auto-." After this we went over his science vocabulary flashcards a few times. Finally, I quizzed him on the names of certain scientific instruments such as hygrometers, barometers, thermometers, etc."
"We worked on brainstorming for the student's personal essay for the application. This essay will be used for all the colleges she applies to, and is necessary for her Early Decision application. She was dedicated and hard-working and a pleasure to work with. By our next session, she will have drafted her personal essay and begun working on any supplementary essays for applications to other schools where she will be applying Early Action."
"We worked on drafts of the student's personal statement for the Common App. We also brainstormed ways to make an essay more compelling. I had her do a writing exercise that focuses on writing with as much detail as possible. We also went over application deadlines and talked about our upcoming session, where we will work on SAT prep/test taking strategies."
"We worked on eliminating passive constructions and bland sentences. The student needs to consider more nuanced words and explore vocabulary through consulting a dictionary and thesaurus. The student also showed me a prompt for a short college essay (250 words). I advised him to read "Fern Hill" by Dylan Thomas as the Welshman's words mirrored Thomas' desire to write about the hardships of moving in childhood and the inevitable changes life offers. I encouraged him to write, write, write and get his thoughts on paper quickly. No concerns- a very good session in which he is approaching the completion of the first essay."