Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I spent the first 30 minutes of this session on science. All of the problems on his worksheet were word problems that required using a formula to solve to average acceleration. We discussed what it meant in the last problem when the answer is negative deceleration. He did very well on this assignment. The rest of the session was spent reviewing history terms from chapters 7 and 8 because his class was having a benchmark test the next day. The student is familiar with many of the terms."
"Student was concerned about not having enough primary sources, so firstly we reviewed pertinent databases for government documents and other kinds of primary documents, such as contemporary newspaper or magazine articles and speeches. We also found that the U.S.D.A.'s Economic Research Service site would help some information of use to him. However, not wanting to add too many additional sources to those he already has, and given the difficulty he had experienced writing, I emphasized looking through the citations of the articles and books he has already downloaded/printed or checked out. For example, one of the articles pointed us to the U.S.D.A. site."
"The students were working on a History of Technology assignment for their World History class. The assignment required them to pick a battle from history and imagine what might have happened if some new technology had been introduced, tipping the balance in favor of one side or the other. We went over the reading -- an article about military technology -- then I asked them to brainstorm a list of battles they had covered in earlier units. I helped them key in on relevant sections of the article to decide upon technologies, for example Student 1 decided to focus on the Jin Dynasty's defense against the Mongols in the 13th Century using gunpowder over black powder. After discussing a basic structure for their writing assignments, each twin said she had enough to complete the assignment."
"The student introduced his new humanities project. He must select an early 20th century artist, poet, or writer who was influenced by World War I and present their works in a way that demonstrates an understanding of how the Great War influenced their art."
"The student and I met yesterday to work on a history essay (with a focus on properly citing sources). We're going to meet again on Thursday to help him prepare for his math test on Friday. He let me know that he's doing well in his classes this semester, which is great!"
"The student has a test on World War 2 on Wednesday, so we spent a while discussing the war, some of the more obscure details of it, and the political results of the war. We talked about each country's motives for joining the war, including the reason the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and why the US used the war in the Pacific to join the war with Germany. We talked about the political implications of the bomb, the way the war in Europe ended, including the Red Army, the division of Germany and the beginnings of the Cold War. Finally we skimmed over a number of the later results of the war, including Vietnam, the Middle East, and a number of modern national identities."
"We worked on her history article that she was writing about the First Continental Congress. She is also working on studying for her finals in math. We reviewed some problems, and she told me she would ask her teacher for specifics about what else she needs to prepare for the exam."
"The student and I prepared for the test on chapters 36 and 37. In our previous session, we went through the relevant sections of the Chapter 36 study guide to make sure we had all the correct answers. We did the same today with the Chapter 37 study guide. Then we went back to Chapter 36, and I had him answer the relevant questions again with a blank study guide. When I left, I was confident he had the materials he needed and a game plan for how to prepare."
"We worked on setting up articles for the Psychology assignment. We chose one article and then another. We worked on figuring out what was due and when. We talked about what research we could read to fulfill the assignment. Great session!"
"We reviewed notes from students teacher on her outline for her research paper. She is struggling with the order and how to write the paper. We went over the outline and added questions for her to answer to better direct her in her writing. She will review her books and answer all the questions and we will be meeting on Thursday."
"We studied a wide range of topics in review and preparation for an upcoming exam. Topics included a review of empires and dynasties. We also spent time reviewing a list of important people from each of those subject areas."
"During this session, math homework was briefly reviewed. Afterwards, the history of the Civil Rights movement (including important events, people, and places), was reviewed by completing a Study Guide for the upcoming test. Lastly, a draft paper for the student's Confirmation was created, discussed, and finished."