Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today's session focused on the beginning of World War 2 and President Roosevelt's decision that America join the conflict. We reviewed the Axis powers and their leaders, and I introduced the student to four political ideologies common between the Axis powers - Anticommunism, Expansionism, Militarism, and Racism. I asked him to focus on historical examples that reflected these ideologies, which displayed great recall of our previous sessions. We discussed the weaknesses in the League of Nations and the reasons why it was unable to prevent World War 2. Next we covered a brief timeline of Germany's military advances from 1938-1941. For the second half of the session, we did a close reading of Roosevelt's Day of Infamy speech. Our PDF included the original text and Roosevelt's own annotations, which allowed us to discuss tone, clarity, and meaning in public speaking. I asked him to identify changes Roosevelt made and to account for why they were or were not successful. He did a very good job of reasoning through Roosevelt's speech. I gave him an additional worksheet that asks him to identify changes in Roosevelt's speech and write out how they change tone, clarity, and meaning. I hope the written exercise will complement our discussion of the same topic and aid retention."
"I had practice questions testing world history (specifically from the Neolithic through the end of the classical period), and I had him go through question by question, with me helping explain the context and having him answer the question. If he got it incorrect, I would help steer him to the right answer. We are going to have another lesson on Thursday."
"We covered the population of North America via Beringia, the "encounter" between European settlers and native (South and North) Americans, and the first North American Settlements (Jamestown, Plymouth). I also reviewed chronology and geography, with the student, continents, oceans, thirteen original colonies and corresponding states, etc."