Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student has his test on the Russian Revolution and WWI coming up in a of couple days, so we studied for that -- going over all of the teacher's assigned topic of the last weeks. He did very well on the WWI topics, and I think he will be able to handle any tricky questions on that topic. He was a little worried about the Russian Revolution and it is a bit complicated, but I went over the notes and the basic framework again and hope it is getting a little easier to understand it. He will read the chapter again before the test. His main issue is sorting out the players in the March to October revolutions; he is pretty solid at the civil war years. He will have to go over the section on Stalin one more time, and he'll have to review a little on the Treaty of Versailles."
"I reviewed the student's latest compare and contrast essay (which she got a score of 2-3 out of 9 in) and I explained how she could improve it. For our next session I will bring in a compare and contrast essay and a DBQ essay, and I will have her do both (or at least one) to see how she approaches both and how well she can perform on them."
"After briefly recalling what we'd done in our last few sessions and asking him how he was currently doing in his class (he reported doing well on the test that was the focus of our most recent session), we spent the duration of this session working on an assignment that was due the next day. The assignment entailed his locating three current social artifacts (newspaper articles, magazine articles, songs, movies, etc.) which he was then to summarize and connect to two of the four "P themes" that his class has been focusing on this term (poverty, power, population, progress). The two themes that we worked on in this session were power and progress. After helping him locate and look through his artifacts, I helped him write the two most challenging of the six entries, so that he would have a good idea how to proceed with the remaining four."
"We covered material related to his test the following day on WWI and its aftermath. I did look at his notes and they're improving. It's something we've been working on. I told him to study some more the next day before his test, which came in the afternoon. No concerns; he has a good head on his shoulders and is a bright kid."
"Today's session was primarily focused on the completion of the student's term paper materials, including an annotated bibliography, title page, and the evaluation of his secondary sources. During our next class, we will go over the paper itself, correct any grammatical mistakes, and evaluate the overall ideas presented."
"We worked on the discussion questions of the day: "what is collaborative capitalism" and "what international organization promotes it?" We also made progress on the student's part in her team project. She still has a bit of trouble mapping out what she wants to write in the larger picture and can get a little bogged down in sentence structure details. We're working on that with practice on outlining and mapping out how one key concept links to the next."