"First session. The student presented all the materials she had from class (text book, "crash course" book, one quiz, one essay portion of a test, teacher website and materials, her notes).
She does not appear to have any issues with knowledge (facts/information) and is able to recall a reasonable amount of key terms (people, places, documents, dates, etc.) as seen in the test essays. She understands what they are and their purpose and is able to apply that information to the assessments presented. She appears to need guidance in analysis, evaluation, and synthesis. Considering her previous success in history and current success in other courses, I would assume she is fully capable of these higher order thinking skills, she just needs more guidance - both training and skills from a teacher/tutor and the ability to guide herself.
Her study skills appear solid, but she needs to add to her process to make up the difference. This is not unreasonable for an AP course. The first thing I am asking her to do is to ask herself "why" when reviewing her class notes. Asking "why" will begin the process of making connections between causes and effects, sequencing of events, alternate choices in history, and can begin to steer her towards evaluating the key actions of history. From this we will discuss judging events in their time versus judging events from a historical perspective of the present. I will be presenting her with various other sources of information to see a variety of interpretations. She was already introduced to a web series on US history and I have encouraged her to view those lessons before and/or after teacher lecture on the same topics. I will present her with additional internet supports, both written and video, along with some supporting documentaries. Taking in multiple points of view should help the student not only to better identify her teacher's point of view on the material, but will show her how to craft her own. Lastly, in our next session, I will show her a book on preparing for the AP exam for US history which is in common use in most other AP programs, even if the student does not intend to sit for the test. If it looks like something that could help I would encourage her to purchase her own copy."