Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We finished discussing independence and the timeline we created last session. The student did well in filling in the rest of the timeline and seemed to understand the end of that process. We then went over a couple of questions from previous readings (e.g. on Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz) and then discussed the reading and material that she had for this week. We went through the history of conquest and immigration to give context to modern Latin American demographics. Again, it was a good session and I have no concerns."
"The pupil and I continued to work on his paper for his Western civilization class. We went over Sophocles' work "Antigone" and compared the notes to the student's previous analysis of the character Thelca. At this point, he has the essay outlined, and though I helped him word several phrases, the ideas are all his. He continued to show the progress he demonstrated yesterday understanding sentence structure and the conceptual meaning of text. He also told me he did well on his quiz this morning, which we prepared for yesterday."
"The student had just about finished her essay, so we went over what she had written. We then talked about the materiality of her two statues. We discussed the care that the artist put into not only casting the statues, but also the extra time and expense of inlaying them with precious stones and painting the statue."
"We had a session and discussed the term paper. The paper will be short. We had a lively debate concerning the significance, or non-significance, of Dr. Frankenstein's mother dying early in the novel. We then discussed how the novel related to various historical concepts."
"Today we reviewed Chapters 14 and 15 in anticipation of the student's test Friday. These chapters cover the Civil War and Reconstruction. She has a good understanding of the facts, but is struggling a bit with being able to analyze and synthesize based upon the information."
"The student felt he was pretty comfortable with most of the material from the course, and wanted to spend time working on the essays on the test. Thus, we went over the AP essay questions. I walked the student through each of the essay rubrics for DBQs and long and short response questions. While doing this, I explained what to do to get points on the actual essays. We also did some practice outlining and short responses, and I gave the student feedback for each of these. I believe we made good progress, and the student felt a lot more comfortable with the long and short responses, which he felt were his biggest weaknesses."