Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"For this session, I had the student read a selection from Diarmaid MacCulloch's The Reformation: A History on Martin Luther and the early part of his public career. She said she enjoyed this reading much more than the previous selection on Henry VII of England. Consequently, she also did better on the questions during this session. She has a strong ability to rationalize through multiple choice questions that allows her to perform quite well on any cause and effect type questions. Where she struggles is in identification. Related to this, she clearly appreciates intellectual history much more than a recitation of kings and battles. Martin Luther and the Reformation were just a lot more interesting for her than the machinations and squabbles of English nobility in the late 15th century. For our next session, I gave her a slightly different assignment. The only reading I personally gave her was the text of The Petition of Right, the 1628 English constitutional document. In addition to reading the document, I also instructed her to search for what the historical background was for the document."
"We prepared for the student's upcoming test on a absolutism in Europe in the 17th century. We reviewed the ideas behind absolutism and the ways in which it was implemented in different parts of Europe and went over details about some of the important wars, conflicts, and treaties during that period."
"I met with the student at 4:30 yesterday. We spent the entire time on the structure of essay writing. We will be working extensively on understanding what is being asked of a particular question and then practicing over and over on how to write an effective introduction, body, and conclusion."