Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We completed a homework assignment for her AP class tomorrow, as well as reviewed trade routes in anticipation of her upcoming test. I also gave her a practice test to complete on her own for extra practice."
"From our first session I can already tell that he is an incredibly attentive student, easily absorbing and comprehending the relevance of what he is learning in history class. By analyzing one of his recent essays comparing and contrasting ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, we found some areas that could use help. While his thesis statement was strong, he could have made clearer some of his ideas: rather than referring to the civilizations' differing "outlooks on life", for instance, he might focus more specifically to the relationship between politics and religion in each society. This issue was also helpful in his body paragraphs: while he excels at providing and connecting concrete details, he might elaborate in his commentary more precisely in terms of direct causes and effects and make broader observations based on these. We were also able to look over some ideas he was having trouble with in math class. As part of a trigonometry unit, he is being introduced to periodic functions and was a bit bemused by the logic of waveform graphs. After I explained the basic properties of period (range of repetition), peaks, troughs, and amplitude (difference between peak and trough), he caught on - especially after I made clear the graph's relation with circumference and the degrees of a circle. He is also hoping to get some SAT preparation, which we will introduce next week in addition to continuing essay help."
"Today the student had specific questions for me to answer about various periods in World History. I answered every question as thoroughly as possible, went into detail when asked, and clarified terms and dates as needed. She asked for help condensing the course material into smaller doses to better understand it. I gave her an outline that condenses her textbook into main points and events that she should know."