Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went over his reconstruction chapter from his A.P. U.S. history book. it was our first meeting for the new semester, so we went over the basics of the chapter and what he has coming up later on in the school year."
"This evening the student and I discussed pre-Colombian cultures, and the early interactions between native American peoples and various European cultures, including the Spanish, French, Dutch and English. After discussing the Aztec, Incan and Iroquois peoples, we focused in on early English vs native relations, examining how the different groups interacted depending on their cultural/religious backgrounds."
"The student worked on taking notes for his AP US History exam covering the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton presidencies. We worked from his textbook, and I explained some of the key terms to him. He then used a software program to make a quiz for himself out of these terms."
"We introduced ourselves and I told the student about my credentials for teaching. I had her take a quiz from the US History section to get a better sense of how she reacts to questions, how much she knows, and what her reasoning for eliminating options is like. Along the way I introduced some history concepts and strategies. She mentioned that she needs the most help with the essay portions, so we will go over that next session. I emailed her a recap of the first session as well as what she needs to do for next time (send me a list of days and times that work and take another short quiz)."
"Began by going over some of the student's writing samples and discussing how her class has prepared her for the test. First half of the session was dedicated to an objective content diagnostic; the student's content knowledge is very high, and she consistently scored in the 80% range for pre-Columbian to early republican history. Recommended further review of pre-contact Native American culture and the War of 1812 to supplement current study. We then examined a sample prompt and worked on generating an outline in response to the prompt. The outlining method the student has been taught to use helped her list a lot of relevant historical facts; our work together was on organizing that content and framing it for an essay. Would advise future tutoring work and/or independent study to practice creating the same quality outline in a shorter amount of time, so that she has time to turn her solid notes into an appropriate essay."
"Reviewed and helped student comprehend student-provided study guides and textbook chapters covering US history from the period following the Civil War up to the beginning of World War II."
"U.S. History Timeline, in depth, for 17th Century Colonial America; worked with correspondingly evolving territory map. Terms and definitions for colonial government structures."
"I helped the student finish her paper. We then filled out her history study guide for the final and went over some of the points she was unsure of."
"The student and I usually work on geometry, but we instead worked on history homework: reading comprehension, vocabulary, and writing."
"I worked with both students at different times, but with both I reviewed the 13 colonies, Puritans, Quakers, and colony history for their test."
"Today the student and I finished all 3 of her poems and wrote the explanations for each poem. Her writing is really progressing nicely. She has more command of the tenses. For history, I did a quick pop review and she seemed to know all the information incredibly well. We also did a technique where she shut her eyes and I asked her to visualize the images of what I read to her so that she learns the material deeply."
"In our first session we got to know each other and discussed the topics the student is studying. We started at the beginning, discussing the transitional period from pre-history into recorded history and touched on topics like the development of agriculture, religion and hierarchy in developing societies, and considered a comparative approach to historical inquiry. Overall an excellent session."