To persuade parents of tutees that it is absolutely essential that I tutor twice a week (instead of once)
We are currently working on writing skills and though the sessions are going satisfactorily with tutee and Ph.d parents, I would really need to tutor the twice a week (as they originally told me), but cut down to once a week after my first session – even though it consisted of a consultation: what he was specifically struggling with, seeing writing samples, getting a feel for where he is and what he needs to work on, and forming a friendly/professional bond.
After 3 sessions, however, it seems awkward or difficult to suggest 2 sessions. But I DID bring up the fact that the greatest, most successful habits were just as important as helping him write – if not more. His parents have just one goal for me: That when he attends Azusa Pacifica in Pre-Med, he will enter his first year of college already being above his peers. That if I could help him improve according to his father’s requirements, job done. But in order to go back and suggest another day, I genuinely feel that the greatest, most successsful habits – which my tutee is totally unfamiliar with – is even more important than simply helpin him write better. Fortunately, I did mention such habits in one of my early e-mails to his parents, though I don’t think they remember it at all. Nonetheless, this is my last chance, and I feel so privilege and honored to have a top 10 writer doing this paper – since it is definitely not easy. There are a slew of resources, which I spent about a month researching and perusing; buying, reading, and returning, etc. – and this left me with no doubt whatsoever that these timeless, great, successful habits are infinitely more important to my tutee, especially in pre-med and particularly in med school! I would like the conclusion to be that these greatest, timeless, successful habits are infinitely more important than merely tutoring writing or reading strategies which he seems to be making good, but ultimately slow and little progress. And we are down to almost the last month before he beigins!
These arguments and the best, researched sources I send you (in addition to any you feel will fit in persuading his parents that – although tutoring writing and reading should fill one session, a second session MUST focus on these habits. I’m not sure how these habit sessions would be, however. Perhaps book reviews? Book reports? I am confident that, with your expertise and being the creme of the crop, that you can fiill in these blanks much better than I. The thing is, whatever they write about in terms of habits, SHOULD mirror what they will be doing in their freshman year in wriitng. In other words, perhaps I can ask them to write essays about such habits?