Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Reviewed and informally quizzed on US history from the period following the Civil War up to the beginning of World War II that was covered during previous session. Continued forward in history to help student comprehend student-provided study guides and textbook chapters about World War II up to the early 2000s."
"We studied 17th-18th Century Colonial American History with timeline visual and various databases for sourcing digitally, as a prologue to intense remedial study of U. S. History for the state assessment. The student has been reading American Political Tradition concurrently."
"The student had a World History test on Tuesday, so I "quizzed" her on the material that she would be tested over (early river valley civilizations). We also worked on her English assignment (mnemonic card) and discussed her upcoming Geometry unit."
"We spent about 90 minutes reviewing her Unit 1 material (explorers through the French & Indian War). The student retains quite a bit of the information once we've discussed it. We spent the last half hour reviewing new material that the teacher has introduced for Unit 4, which looks at US expansion and the growing issue of slavery. The student says she has been more focused in class and seems much more confident about the material in the new unit."
"This was our first tutoring session together. Our sessions will be used to help the student with whatever she is currently struggling with in her studies. In general, she wants to focus on her math and science classes, but for this session she needed help with a reading assignment on ancient Greece for a quiz the next day. To begin, I previewed the text features of the reading with the student, having her notice the headings, subheadings, and figures. I had her make predictions about the readings from this information. I then read the first few paragraphs aloud with her, stopping periodically to model metacognitive reading strategies like making inferences and checking oneself for comprehension. I then had the student read a number of paragraphs out loud with me serving as her metacognitive processes, stopping her to ask her similar sets of questions. Finally, I encouraged and provided feedback as the student read out loud herself and practiced using the strategies I had modeled earlier. During the reading, I also encouraged the student to take some notes about key vocabulary and events. After we finished the reading, we used those notes as she provided a full summary of the reading with me occasionally stopping her for clarification or addition."
"With both boys I helped them go over "Common Sense" by Thomas Paine. We then went over some English and parts of a sentence."
"During today's session the student wanted to study for his upcoming history exam. His exam is on the French Revolution, so we looked over a study guide and handout that he had. I helped him think of the French Revolution as a story of the events that occurred pre, during, and post revolution. Specifically, we talked about the different social classes, the social unrest, and the eventual radical republic that led to the executing of King Louis and the Reign of Terror. Finally we discussed Napoleon's rise to power towards the end of the French Revolution. Although I originally expected to tutor physics, chemistry, and algebra, I certainly do not mind helping the student study other subjects such as English and history. He is the type of student who is prepared with handouts and such work, so it makes helping him study relatively easy. I think the session went great and he seemed confident in the material after we studied."
"I helped the student with two different assignments on Thursday. She had written an essay for her English class and wanted help editing it. She had some specific problems to focus on because her teacher had given her some feedback. We mainly focused on word choice, because she had a lot of repetitive words, and sentence structure. I also helped her with a history writing assignment. She had to research two philosophers and compare/ contrast their ideas. I helped her research information, and then create an outline for her essay. After that I helped her get started on the essay."
"Began US History. Native Americans up to colonization of the New World. Introduced more graphics and maps and stuff and that seemed to help."
"The student and I worked on a map of the early colonies: putting in major cities, rivers, mountain ranges and the different colonies. He did a complete job!"
"We discussed Mercantilism and its economic and social impact in the American Colonies and its origins in English economic policy and in broader European colony economic structure. We also discussed the varying degree to which these policies were enforced in the Thirteen Colonies."
"Today, the student and I reviewed important concepts for an upcoming test. We focused on the key points for addressing essay topics and spent some time drilling study guide terms."