Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we worked on the comparative essay portion of the student's AP exam prep. It was easy to tell that the comparative essay is one of the sections that she will probably do well in because of the confidence she showed in completing the thesis for the question I posed to her. One thing we've really been working on is breaking down questions that seem impossible and identifying aspects that are familiar and easy to answer. Her confidence begins to waver whenever she encounters questions where she's not sure she's retained enough information to answer the questions fully. Once she breaks the questions down I'm hoping that she sees that she knows more than she thinks she does. I've given her some resources to review in order to get the information about the various times in her head, John Green's YouTube Crash Course series is one such source that I really enjoy because it's entertaining and informative. Still I'm not sure that retaining the information is her biggest issue because it's all there, she really needs a strong confidence boost and to remember to break down theses questions because she's smart and more than capable of acing this test!"
"The student and I reviewed writing long answer essays in preparation for an essay test he will soon have. We discussed what makes a strong thesis, how to structure a paper (Make a Tent), and how to organize paragraphs in that paper. We sat down and wrote out paragraphs to make sure that he had the process down in practice as well as concept. He was somewhat confused by some of the instructions given and tends to focus too much on making a long and comprehensive thesis. As part of the session I taught him to make simpler, easier to support theses and back them up."
"We covered the end of the Cold War and the rise of terrorism in the 21st century. The student seemed to be interested in talking about the last chapter because it was about her generation and society, and she seemed to be more comfortable analyzing how the internet affected the world and brought cultures together. The one thing she seems to struggle with on the tests is relating her essay to the prompt the teacher gives. I told her to make sure she understands the prompt before writing her essay and to make sure the essay is about the prompt with the thesis being related to the prompt."