Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During this session, I helped the student prepare for his US History test on events which led to the Civil War. His teacher gave him a study guide with important facts that he needs to know for the test. To help prepare him for his test, I had him create a timeline of the key events which led to the Civil War and make flashcards. His flashcards included important vocabulary terms, historical figures, and key facts. The study guide his teacher gave him was simply a list of facts, so I challenged him to come up with creative ways to change the facts into questions which might appear on his test. His early questions were fragments, but he quickly improved at writing study questions. As a result, this task ended up being a good writing exercise for him. He got 3/4 of the way through making all of his flashcards for his test. He was focused and worked diligently during our entire session. I encouraged him to complete his flashcards that evening, so he could focus on studying and memorization on Tuesday. His test is on Wednesday. We talked about his memorization techniques, and I encouraged him to study for 10-15 minutes and then give his mind a break for a few minutes and then repeat. I also encouraged him to ask a family member to quiz him and to teach a family member about the events that led to the Civil War in order to be prepared for his test. He also told me he thinks he did well on the Reading portion of the Assessment Exam Test. I look forward to hearing how his History test goes!"
"Today was my first session with the student, so we talked about her courses in general and learned we would be focusing on algebra 2, chemistry, and history. In math, she's currently working on logarithms. She has a quiz tomorrow on graphing logs and converting from exponential to log form, so we reviewed her notes and worked through a couple of problems. She also has a U.S. history test coming up on the Great Depression and the lead-up to WWII, and we reviewed that material. It looks like she'll need to be familiar with a number of New Deal programs, so I suggested she make flashcards. We also talked about basic economic concepts that are important to know for that time period (capitalism vs. socialism, "priming the pump," etc.)."
"We discussed the student's her movie presentation. We rearranged the slides, proof-read them, and came up with her notecards. We also spent a half-hour practicing the presentation."