Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student had started writing an introduction to his paper, but explained that he wanted to proceed with other portions first. He was also not clear about writing a history paper about a current topic, such as in the use of varying verb tenses. He offered his observations on the papers he has studied so far, and we continued to try to work out how the paper would be organized. As with the previous session, the student is leaning toward a greater emphasis on governmental policy and the long-term development of industrialized food production, especially high-fructose corn syrup, perhaps followed by briefer parts on other causes of the poverty-obesity connection and case studies of the current situation. I thought that one topic he came across, about how the U.S. has pressured American Samoa into accepting the importation of certain products, would be particularly useful for the later part of his paper, as it would show how the historical developments he's discussing have played out in the present day and are beginning to affect the rest of the world. I corrected a few entries he had made in our shared bibliography and set his next task, for Thursday, to be to write a significant amount of material on the topics of U.S. food policy and food production."
"We reviewed notes from the student's teacher on her outline for her research paper. We worked 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."
"We spent our time together studying two chapters from the student's book and taking notes. She also filled in a good deal of her homework on these subjects. Our subjects were primarily the Muslim Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal empires and the Ming and Qing dynasties, with a small focus on the Japanese shogunate era."