Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I discussed the longer Internal Assessment outline she had written since our last session. I also guided her through some research options for the assignment. Then, we discussed the Extended Essay. I helped her choose a field, discussed literary critical lenses, and explored resources."
"He has improved immensely since we began working together. When we began our first session, I recall he had a low C in English and now he has an A and received a 93 on his last exam. Today, he first reviewed the novel he was just tested on. I then gave him a timed AP prompt. His writing has also improved greatly. We are still focusing on strengthening his theses, layout, and conclusion paragraphs. His next novel is "Huckleberry Finn," so I reviewed themes to look for and character analyses. Finally, he took a quiz on important literary terms and we reviewed the ones he missed."
"I spent an hour preparing for our session by reading the chapters he wanted to discuss. We discussed and developed a tone paragraph for chapter 6, book 3 of "A Tale of Two Cities." Afterwards, I gave him an independent writing exercise: describing a setting first through a negative narrative tone, then through a positive one."
"The student and I reviewed her research paper on contemporary evolution of the American Dream in pop culture. While we were able to work together to address a number of the her teacher's feedback points, at the end of our session, the student still needed to write her conclusion and do some reorganization work on her paper. Before leaving, I worked with her to develop some strategies for accomplishing these final points, and she felt confident in her ability to complete the paper in time to hand in on Friday."
"We are focusing on his essay writing. We did a 40 min timed essay prompt. We went over the difference between being concise, and adding more evidence to strengthen the argument."
"In this 1-hour session we did a final run-through on all the different parts of the test. We started with multiple choice questions, going over some that she had done on her own and then working through another set. Along the way we talked through the questions and I recommended a number of strategies for making quick work of the questions. Then we did another look at the essay section, practicing the pre-writing process and talking about what she needs to get through three long essays."
"Today, we discussed which English test would be more suitable for the student to take this year. Ultimately, we one played better to his strengths. Then, we launched into Wuthering Heights, focusing on themes and character development within the first two chapters. The text isn't an easy read, so I'm also checking in on his comprehension by asking him to fill in blanks. I am also explaining obscure parts of the passage to him, as well as filling in some historical context."
"The student needed assistance preparing for her Lit test on Monday. I helped her rewrite her essay and demonstrated how to elaborate and expand on her ideas. She said she felt prepared by the end of the session."
"The student and I worked to write her analysis of a Ralph Waldo Emerson quote that was focused on nonconformity. Once completed, we revised her analysis focusing on sentence fluency, word choice and idea and content."
"The student's homework was to read the Alice Walker short story "Roselily" and then write down his answers to two of the "Analyzing Literature" questions. These were basically questions about a) how a writer used certain devices, and b) what effect it had on the story/reader. He did very well, and said he liked the story."
"I aided the student in preparing and editing a rhetorical precis for an article by Geza Kallay on Macbeth. I went over her draft, made recommendations, and provided a worksheet to help with her progress. I then close read the second draft and made final recommendations."
"We began an essay due at the end of the week. Previous scores from AP European history assignment were returned and were very high."