Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we discussed Chapter 32 in detail. We briefly addressed some material from Chapter 31 as well, but the student was able to understand most of that content prior to our session. We also ran through some topic ideas for her upcoming research paper for English. There were no concerns from this session."
"We reviewed Chapter 22 of the student's history textbook. Some topics covered were the Harlem Renaissance, age of jazz, U.S. economy after World War I, the effects of the Roaring 20's, and the start of the Great Depression. She also completed review questions for Chapter 22 to prepare for her upcoming history test. We also went over AP questions from the test prep book. To prepare for the test, she should make flash cards for all of the key terms and historical figures mentioned in Chapter 21, 22, and 23 of her textbook."
"The student and I were able to spend the entire session going over her chapter 24 notes and reading which covered the 1950s and many of the events that would precipitate the civil rights movement in the United States. She is trying some of the new note taking techniques that I have suggested, and for next session I have actually encouraged her to have her notes printed out and highlighted before our session. (Something she normally does Sunday evening while studying) This will force her to review her notes an additional time before we meet and will prepare her better for her quizzes and exams. As usual, the student was focused and well prepared for our session."
"The student showed me her essay from last Friday which she got an 83% on, but I will be reading it over the week and reviewing it with her next week. She was quite pleased with the grade, because she said she could not remember enough facts while writing it and thought her grade would have been much lower. I did read her introduction and again she showed her capability in writing a strong thesis. For the rest of the session, I helped her with terms and identification on 3 chapters plus a review of possible answers to 11 essay questions dealing the subject matter of those 3 chapters."
"In today's lesson, the student and I reviewed the Great Depression and the Roosevelt Administration's policies (the New Deal). We also discussed the global crises in the 1930's that led to the Second World War and the U.S. role in global affairs at this time. I had him read from the A.P. U.S. History book, and then asked him comprehension check questions and had him explain various concepts in his own words. I also had him answer multiple choice questions from the book."
"We covered how our sessions would typically play out and identified materials we would be using. The student showed me his current grade in the class. Since this was the first session, I did not leave him with any extra work or practice and was mostly looking to get a feel on how to proceed with this student."
"This was a tutoring session that the mother requested because her daughter had a test on Monday. We continued to cover topics for the test such as the structure of the Mexican government, political parties and major issues facing the Mexican state. We also covered major historical players throughout the history of the country. I do think that she has been progressing quite well and is showing that she understands the material. Finally, we went through the reading again and labeled pages where she could find concepts to help her study."
"Today we went over DBQs. I think the student needs a little more work on analysis of the documents themselves. He did a good job bringing in contemporaneous outside information which is good, but he needs to extract more information from the articles themselves in terms of interpretation. This is a skill we will continue to develop as it just takes time and practice. Next week we will continue going over DBQs, review multiple choice, and continue our substantive review of content."
"The student and I finished reviewing Chapter 12: The Presidency. Reviewed concepts such as the President's role as Chief Legislator, Commander in Chief, and Head of State. We spoke on how the President relies on, and influences the public, his relationship with other elected officials and the structure of the executive branch. I also gave him instructions on how to research for his paper. I told him how to identify a credible source and how to annotate and record his research in an orderly manner. He got a 78 on his last government test, a jump of 30 or so points. I am very glad to see the improvement. Hopefully the trend will continue and he will score in the 80's or 90's on the next one."
"The student and I worked on the political participation unit in her online government class. We covered interest groups, the presidential election process, and voter participation. She wrote several essays critically analyzing the Electoral College and whether it should be modified."
"Continued studying for constitution exam. Finished flash cards, and I quizzed the student on the first 3 articles and amendment 1."
"We continued working on the final World History assignment. I edited the writing he has done so far for the project, fitting in some writing exercises along the way."