Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student and I worked on her social studies homework. She just began a new unit focusing on the lead-up to the Civil War, and her homework consisted of answering some question on a reading study guide. Some of the questions were more note-taking oriented, some were short answer, and some were much broader and open-ended. This was excellent, because it allowed her to work on thinking through information and details in order to answer questions. The process of moving from notes and outlines, to short answers, to broader questions that reflect her own viewpoint and opinions very closely resembles the process of writing an essay. Since our broader focus is on her writing, using this reading study guide and completing these different types of questions gave us the opportunity to think through that very process. She didn't have much trouble answering the questions - nearly everything came directly from her textbook. In addition to thinking about the content of the reading she had just completed, I tried to get her to focus on answering each question in its entirety and to think about how she might write an essay using facts and evidence to support her arguments. With a little guidance, she did a very good job of answering the different types of questions in the ways asked of her. I hope that our time together today helped her make some intuitive connections between the form and content of writing. Overall, I would say it was a very productive session."
"The student and I had a very good session! In social studies, the student's teacher was right in between the end of the Great Depression and the beginning of World War II, so we first cleared up any misconceptions that she had over the Great Depression and FDR. We then moved onto WWII, and she wrote down both the textbook chapter's timeline and the key vocabulary. We talked about how the war began, and that it was directly affected by the peace treaty at the end of World War I, where the Triple Entente demanded that Germany pay reparations for all damages. This subsequently led to Hitler's rise to power. After we talked about this, she used her newly acquired information to write a paragraph that had all of the key words in it. She has progressed so much since our first visits! She now is passing her social studies class, and she puts forth a lot of effort which is really paying off. She is doing awesome!"
"The first student and I worked on an assignment for her social studies class regarding the fall of the Roman Republic and the civil wars that preceded it. We also worked on a reading comprehension assignment on a book about Ivory-billed woodpeckers. The second student and I worked on a Spanish assignment where she had to use the right indirect pronoun. We also worked on a humanities online homework regarding First Amendment rights."