Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Wow! The student has really taken to the use of the notes to get himself organized. He has also learned to use outside sources to enhance his learning; finding information of interest on his own. We worked on his essay which is due next Wednesday. He understands the need to have a very strong thesis and write the compare and contrast essay as directed by the teacher. We also worked on words he may use to strengthen his writing. All in all, great session. He told me thank you for all the help; it is making a difference."
"We did the final prep to get the student ready to take the AP Government exam. I had him do some more practice questions to get comfortable with the format and practice test taking in general. Then, I used the answers he missed to identify for review areas that he needed a last refresher on. We discussed the Constitution, separation of powers, checks and balances, and some others areas he found difficult to remember and apply consistently. We ended with a review of important court cases and some last reminders on how to approach the exam and maximize points."
"Tonight we reviewed two Free Response Questions that the student had completed in class, and the scores he received on those. We then reviewed the other two FRQS that they did not do in class that focused on presidential appointments and public policy. The student has a good grasp of the content and is able to discuss them, so I just need to see more of his writing, which we will work on next week. I will be providing him with a few FRQs before our session to complete, and then go over them with him next week. We also reviewed the questions he got wrong on his most recent practice test. His score has increased though. We then reviewed the Institutions of Government chapter in the review book, which his class is going over this week. He also did very well on those practice multiple choice questions. I am feeling confident in the student's understanding of the content and answering the multiple choice questions, so now we will focus more on his writing for the Free Response Questions."
"The student and I spent today going over his vocabulary for the units on the different branches of government. He decided that he would make flashcards of these vocabulary words. I went through the list of 59 words and quizzed him on what he knew of each word. We are meeting again on Friday, at which point I have told him we will be going through the words again."
"Tonight, the student and I continued preparing for her upcoming midterm exams in English and Human Geography. We began with English, using the study materials provided by her instructor. We reviewed key characters, quotes, and situations of the short stories she read in class. We also discussed the potential short answer questions and how she would respond. We then moved to Human Geography, again using the review materials provided. We focused on diffusion, particularly how it applied to religion, language, and culture."
"We covered the material for Chapter 13 today. The student had studied most of the vocabulary for this chapter, so the areas that were needed to be covered was more along linking the terms to the content and ensuring that she was comfortable with the urban patterns models."