Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I discussed her upcoming geography paper on the conflict in the South China Sea. We also discussed her upcoming quiz on population patterns. I also assisted her with her English homework, which was to read a passage and pull out key literary themes and patterns. Overall, I think she is doing very well and is very active in discussing and working to understand tough concepts."
"Today I met my students, talked with them, and evaluated their current knowledge and geography level. I asked the students to identify countries by their shape and describe as much culture and history as they knew about them. We also went over some of the elements we will be studying in the future such as map analysis and different forms of geography (e.g. human geography, political geography, topography). I'm delighted to say that everyone was intent and interested in the subject and that they have a good starting knowledge. Next week we'll go over Chapter 2: Health and Population. I did not leave any homework this time, although I will do so in the future. I did leave a short collection of multi-choice quests from the AP exam. This is a challenge - if the students want to try it they're free to take a shot. If they don't I'm not requiring them to."
"We covered concepts relating to population and the economy. Student was very enthusiastic about the subject and had lots of practical examples to share. Did not leave with extra practice as student will be focusing on English next lesson. He has consistently been enthusiastic about issues pertaining to IB Geography. Student did take a few seconds to recall some material that had been learned last year, so additional review is needed before the test. Overall, a very productive session."
"Today we reviewed Chapters 26 and 27, WWII and the Cold War, respectively. The student's next test will be conducted with a frameworks approach, rather than fact-specific. She has a good understanding of the issues presented in frameworks, as well as the content under review."
"Student and I continued to work on chapter three in her religion book. We almost completed it! There are only a couple more pages and two assignments to do before we can move on. We've been taking it a bit slower. However, she's remembering things pretty well and she definitely doesn't quit."
"I catered our session around questions in his recent in-class warm ups and the history of India (the unit he is currently in). We finished a video he started in class and discussed several ubiquitous concepts within geography as it applied to outsourcing and conditions in India (such as cultural diffusion, globalization, and westernization). Upon finishing the session, it became apparent that the student may know what assignments he can make up so next week will focus on making up those assignments."
"During our session today, we prepared for the student's quiz in Geography, which is tomorrow. We went through the material together, covering the concepts, and then I allowed him to look over his notes for 10 minutes before quizzing him. We discussed plate tectonics and the different types of plates: oceanic and continental, and the differences between them. We discussed the three different ways that plates move: divergent, convergent, and transform. We extensively covered the differences between these types of movement, focusing on convergent in particular. We talked about the different types of things that can happen when continental and oceanic plates converge, oceanic and ocean plates converge, and continental and continental plates converge (and the methods for each). The student was having trouble remember the specifics of these items, so I made a cheat sheet for him which I encourage him to study more tonight until he could describe each with certainty. We also discussed the different layers of the earth and how to describe each one, as well as what causes earthquakes and tsunamis. We talked about the differences and similarities between weathering and erosion and the three main causes of each. Lastly, we talked about latitude and longitude. He showed a good understanding of this, but I encouraged him to read over his notes again tonight so that he can be certain of the differences between the two. I think with a bit more review, the student will do very well on his quiz. We briefly went through the review material for the student's upcoming science test on Friday. He appears to be very well prepared for this test already, but we will continue to review at our session tomorrow."
"Reviewed FRQs on Civil War; worked on relating each example back to the original prompt to address concerns from last exam."
"The student had Geography homework. He was to review important events and key words and put them in his own words. I noticed that he wasn't actually reading the text, but instead was using the glossary of the textbook and attempting to put the definition in his own words without actually knowing the details of the events, or using the context clues surrounding the words in the text. I explained to him that he needed to read the text in order to fully understand what he was reading. He tends to forget some things easily and to suffer from writer's block when doing his work. I suggested that he say his thoughts and answers out loud, as it would allow him to hear himself and decide whether or not it makes sense. Because he tends to forget his thoughts, I suggested that he should write/type his thoughts as he is saying them out loud. He was able to complete half of his Geography timeline assignment. I provided him with a practice test tutorial binder which contained previous Math and Reading tests."
"We reviewed sections one and part of two for the student's geography test. We also reviewed the concept of taking "notations" on a paper, and we used his teacher's example to help model the process."
"During this session we covered chapter 13 which featured the rise of mass democracy and the transition to more populist forms of campaigning."
"During our session today, the student and I worked on his state presentation project. He had fallen a little behind schedule due to a very busy weekend, so we worked on getting him caught up. We found two maps to satisfy the maps portion of the assignment and reviewed what material should be included in that report. We also created a mark-up of his presentation board, which he has to turn into his teacher tomorrow."