Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"After studying and re-working notes, the student has an understanding of his topics. We worked on his reading of the questions, going over key areas of his chapters, and knowing the chapter vocabulary. He has a chapter test on Thursday. He is reviewing the first three chapters by using his past tests as study guides along with the guide provided by his teacher."
"Today, the student and I studied for his final exam by working through a series of study question given by his teacher. We identified areas of strength and difficulty and then organized his notes for easy recall. Diagrams and modern examples were used to discuss federalism, checks and balances, and the social contract theory."
"In this session we covered the U.S. court system, with an emphasis on the structure of the federal courts, the parties involved in both civil and criminal cases, and the process the Supreme Court uses to review cases. Additionally, we reviewed the ways in which judges make decisions (precedent, judicial restraint vs. judicial activism). The student and I then went through some of the multiple-choice questions at the end of the chapter. She did very well on them and seemed to understand the material. After the session, I helped the student via email to review specific Supreme Court decisions on the right to privacy. It is my hope she will be able to synthesize the complex information contained in the textbook. I also provided her with a link to the AP exam public repository so she could review what examiners are looking for in answers."
"Today, the student and I spent our session discussing her new unit in AP Human Geography, culture. We discussed the differences between folk and popular cultures, how culture spreads, and gave examples of each process. We also discussed the diffusion of language and how words differ across countries and their regions (soccer vs football, y'all vs youse). We reviewed the first of the four chapters she will be covering in class."
"The student reviewed WWI, the Bolshevik Revolution, the treaties following WW1 (1918-1920) relating to Germany, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, and the Ottoman Empire, the effects of the treaties on Europe and the Weimar Republic. If he remembers several of the treaties' details, he will do well on final questions pertaining to WW1."
"I helped the student review course readings and art works for her upcoming Contemporary African Art History midterm exam. We discussed the development of modern art in Senegal and Nigeria, focusing on the more challenging review questions regarding Senghor's ideas about Negritude, and on ideas of natural synthesis, and how they relate to pan-Africanism. We reviewed images of art works discussed in her course, discussed strategies for memorizing and reviewing historical details, and she practiced answering sample questions for her exam."