Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we reviewed the cause and effect of World Wars I and II, Progressivism, Reform movements 1820-1860, 1960's and 1970's counter-culture and "new left" ideas, Pentagon Papers, Watergate, Marshall Plan and various terms which can be found of the U.S. History AP Test."
"The student is busily preparing for her exam. We focused on content review and preparation for the multiple choice section of the exam. I found some interactive quizzes for her to use as she keeps studying. We discussed test preparation strategies knowing the test is Wednesday."
"The student and I worked on more pre-writing for a free-response question he might see on his exam. He downloaded released exam questions from previous tests on the website, and we discussed the best ways to prepare responses. He seemed pretty dedicated, and has strategies to start to organize the ideas with charts and diagrams. We spent time brainstorming for all possible angles to mention in each free-response question, then the student selected the items he felt he could utilize most effectively."
"This session we continued working on essays and also went over social movements including African Americans and women throughout history. The student has overall very good recall of historical fact, but has trouble organizing essays. While no grades are present, the student seems to be getting a good grasp on essay writing and knows the history well. No extra practice or concerns."
"We outlined a series of essays from the 19th century to the early 20th, and one comparing 1920s to 1950s American society. The purpose of this session was to have the student thinking critically and being able to brainstorm efficiently since the essay section of the test tends to be her weakness. She remembers an incredible amount of facts, though she seems to struggle somewhat when creating arguments, so we will continue to work on essay-writing and outlining in our next and final session. I did not see any grades, though I asked her to finish one of the essays we worked on before our next session."
"Tonight, we discussed how westward expansion led to tensions in the country resulting in the Civil War."