Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over 20th century concepts, people, events (up to Reagan) and the student was able to recall many details when I brought up keywords. I tried to emphasize that it's also helpful to think about history as cause and effect, so thinking about how a general concept (ex: industrialization) leads to other general things (like worker dissent, then worker rights, etc.). Thinking about generalities actually helps a lot because it is very hard to memorize every single detail. She will also review a practice test book and we may talk briefly again before the test."
"The student and I looked over the time period covering 1980-1992 in preparation for his last matrix. We talked about Reagan's election, his domestic and foreign policy, the fall of the Soviet Union, as well as the Bush administration. He informed me that it was going to be our last session for this year. He brought his grade up to a 68. He started out with a 60 so with his final grade he should pass the course. In addition, his AP language grade is a 75 and when we first started, it was 58. I really enjoyed working with him. He said he did not need any additional preparation for his actual AP exam since it does not factor into his grade and his main concern was to pass the course."
"Once again, the student and I went over material for his A.P. exam. This session we focused mainly on WWI and WWII, along with some basic overviews of DBQs and other short answer questions. We also discussed The Cold War and its political and cultural consequences."
"During this session, the student and I looked at a sample DBQ for US History and analyzed it as one would need to prior to writing an essay. We discussed the general tone of each document as well as its point of view. In addition we looked at the documents as a larger structure, asking the question of whether there was a chronological order (there was) did the tone change (it did) and what the connecting threads might be. We also discussed the need for her to practice writing some DBQs of her own. She agreed to send me a sample of her writing in response to a DBQ by Tuesday."
"We worked on three practice quizzes for the history exam focused on colonial America. The student was able to do well and demonstrate knowledge. We were able to practice using logic to find the correct answer or eliminate several choices. We discussed her term paper and how she might explore terror in more than one story. We researched a database for peer reviewed articles for support. Finally, we developed a study plan for the week, dividing the evenings into pre writing, outlining, and drafting as well as when and how to prepare for a physics chapter test."
"The student and I met tonight to continue reviewing his course materials for his APUSH class. We discussed the big themes and major events in the Reconstruction era. He just scored a 94 on his last test, so everything he's doing is working."