Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over the chapter in the student's book, which was titled "Manifest Destiny and Its Legacy". In this chapter, we discussed the presidency of John Tyler and James Polk. We discussed the American War with Mexico, along with the annexation of Texas and the acquisition of the California territory. We also discussed the confrontation between the United States and Britain when dealing with Oregon, and land issues in Maine."
"The student was working on an essay for his history class. He had composed a first draft, which was sound in content but shaky in organization. We read the draft together, and he identified the functional purpose of each paragraph, creating a revised outline to guide his revision. This enabled him to make macro-level organizational shifts to improve the fluidity of the essay. We then took a closer look at some paragraphs and identified nodes where they could be split and expanded or reorganized."
"Today the student and I worked to prepare for her unit test 1865-1900. We talked a lot about history study skills. Her teacher emphasizes people quite a bit. I discussed reorganizing the provided study guide by "facts" and "big ideas" so she could work on the big ideas first."
"Today, we covered material for the student's upcoming US history exam. We covered FDR's New Deal, specific acts of the New Deal, and talked through strategies on how to answer his essay questions. We also covered briefly some of the major events leading up to World War II, including US isolationism. No concerns for this session."
"The student and I first worked to make up the ground he had missed while being out of class sick. This involved me lecturing on the New Deal. Next, we aimed to get her ready for an in-class FRQ this week. We worked on the splashdown technique, writing a thesis, and outlining. I hope to see the results of the FRQ next week."
"On Saturday we worked on continuing to review the European Middle Ages, through feudalism, the Crusades, the Black Death, and the re-consolidation of European nation-states. After going through those flashcards, which were already made last week, and the student answering a series of questions on that same material, we went through all the flashcards that we have made on these topics and then I wrote questions on the board about the same material that he had to answer."