Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student had a final in world history coming up on the following day and of all her subjects this final is the one that is troubling her the most due to the vast amount of information that will be covered on it. We reviewed the maps that will feature on the test in which she will have to know the locations of ancient cities and civilizations and then we reviewed the key terms from the first several chapters. The session lasted 1 hour."
"The student and I finished discussing the chapters on Medieval Europe. We discussed the unique, intertwined development of the French and English nations after the Norman Conquest, as well as the grave challenges Europe faced in the era of the Bubonic Plague. Previously, I had given her a test on chapters 1-6. I made plans with her to have another test concerning the chapters on Islam, the Byzantines and Russians, and Medieval Europe this week."
"This week we focused on studying for his history quiz on chapter 27 section 1&2 that is on Wednesday. We spent most of the time orally working on key terms and events. The student was able to orally identify and explain what they all were by the end. He and I also reviewed the geography of a map of Africa for the quiz. We made lots of improvement but he should review it a few more times before the quiz."
"I gave the student my orientation document on "Resource for Reading, Writing and Content/Study Apps". We discussed this with his father. We looked up several words for his vocabulary for the module on Hinduism and Buddhism in India that his class is currently exploring. I recommended he talk with his World History teacher to build rapport and get suggestions on how he might improve his grade."
"We talked about chapter 18, which he was only able to partially read, so some of the time was spent summarizing and reviewing the material. We then took some more notes and discussed some key periods and institutions. Finally we wrapped it all up by talking again about the DBQs, and I assigned a practice essay to complete over the next week."
"The first student and I worked on a math problem set involving sales taxes. We also made a Quiz-let for some of her Spanish vocabulary. The second student and I began working on her study packet for her test on "Chains," the book she has been reading all semester."
"This week we worked on the student's history project on Russian Imperialism, focusing on choosing a topic based on the restrictions of the assignment and narrowing the focus of the topic, as well as finding helpful sources."
"We talked about the student's study plan for taking the final. We started to discuss and outline some of the short essay topic questions."
"We reviewed for the student's upcoming Greek mythology test. I'd give him a god's name, and he'd tell me the major stories about them. He's got all the major characters and essentially all of the minor ones down. We did a quick review of Spanish vocabulary, which he's also got very solidly. On Tuesday we're going to tackle science for the test later in the week."
"We had a long session in preparation for the student's final. We worked out outlines for all of the essay topics, and I answered specific questions he had about terms and names that might be on the final."
"The student and I reviewed for her final exam for the semester for European History. We discussed some study strategies as well. She really knew about 95% of the materials."
"The student had a great session today. We started by reviewing her English novel, "Of Mice and Men," and the character relationships that exist in the novel. She said that she is liking it so far, but isn't that far into it. I told her that it's a good book and she will end up liking it. She also received her Reconstruction project back (which she earned an A on) and we briefly reviewed its contents. She is still retaining a lot of the information, which is a good sign for the state assessment. We also previewed her next history topic, World War I, and talked a little bit about its origins, the events, and how it is directly related to World War II. She already knew some of the information (the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, for example), so I do not think this will be a challenging topic for her. We spent a lot of time discussing her upcoming science project on Newton's Laws of Motion. We reviewed the Laws and then talked about how she could represent them in the project. We came up with a lot of good ideas so she has a lot to work with over the next week. I also had her work on a reading comprehension exercise based on the short story "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson. After reading the story, we discussed parallel texts (like "The Hunger Games") and how irony was used as a literary device. She did well with this and really enjoyed the story. Another great session!"