Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Review for mid-term AP Euro: Renaissance through the industrial revolution. I wanted to show him the "long view" by linking all of the cultural movements in a chain of events. He followed along and was able to hit the right answers when questioned. Test is on Wednesday, so I will wait to see how he did."
"The student and I began our session by discussing his current AP European History course. We went over how content is delivered and learned in that course, and what his teacher's expectation are for learning and mastering that content. He is essentially expected to master the material independent from the lecture and discussions in his class, and has been dedicating 3-4 hours of homework per night to reading and note-taking. We have come up with a two-part strategy to try to address both his current course work and his preparation for the exam. First, we will work on a new strategy for reading his text and for taking notes from his reading, one that is less time consuming and more productive. Second, we will begin a weekly review of the material the student has covered from the beginning of the school year until now. I plan to accomplish this second part of our strategy through practice tests and discussions/reviews of the topics covered in the previous term. I am confident that this approach will work, but we did agree to change tactics if it is not working for the student. I think he's on board with this strategy, and I know he is excited and willing to try a different approach that cuts down on his homework but improves his retention."
"Tonight I reviewed the student's previous exam which covered the Industrial Revolution and the political revolutions of the early 19th Century. Even though the student believed she would not do well going into the test, she did very well, only missing a few very difficult questions. We discussed every question including why she got each wrong incorrect. Finally, I reviewed her final essay question in which she had to analyze the context of Eugene Delacroix's "Liberty Leading the People." She had considered how the piece depicted Marxist ideals, when really it was a Romantic piece. I think the student took a lot from this analysis. After reviewing the exam, we discussed the background to WWI. She then had to decide which side (the Allies or the Central Powers) were most responsible for the war and its escalation. She argued that the Allies were most to blame, and we discussed their faults in relation to colonialism, nationalism, terrorism, the Balkan crisis, alliances, and Social Darwinism. She will have to participate in a debate using research for this question as well as answer an essay on the next test in March. Keeping this in mind, we will work on more of this in the next few sessions."