Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student did a very good job of thinking of an exciting true life story that she could put on a "Volcano Map", with my assistance, and show to her mother. She is highly motivated to read and write; her skill in sequencing and in listening and following directions seems to be improving. We went through her math homework as well."
"The student and I worked on her homework today in Algebra II, focusing on factoring quadratic expressions and solving quadratic equations using either factoring or the quadratic formula. We also practiced graphing quadratic equations in standard form and finding the vertex and axis of symmetry for each equation."
"The student has her English presentation and her map quiz tomorrow. We began by reviewing the countries and capitals for her quiz. She was having some trouble recalling capitals. We then focused on her presentation. She had already completed her visual aid, so we worked on finalizing the handout she must distribute to her classmates. She appeared comfortable discussing the story and how it relates to the heroic journey prototype. We finished by reviewing the map a final time, and she did much better. She appears ready for both the quiz and the presentation."
"We worked on adding another chapter to the story the student has been writing and the draft is completed. We also worked on classifying sentences with all of the newer concepts from chapters 12 and 13."
"We went over the student's assignment, which dealt with variable, fixed, and total costs, average variable, fixed, and total costs, marginal costs, marginal product, and all their curves, opportunity costs, implicit and explicit costs, accounting and economic profits, and a few other things."
"We worked on the student's World History homework, reading in chapter 4 on dominant and governing philosophies in China, then completing an assignment sheet about the advantages and disadvantages of each. The assignment also asked him to identify authorities in his life and which philosophy he considered to govern his relationship with that authority."
"We started off by working on the student's AP history entrance quiz. I gave him some preliminary suggestions on how to take notes, which will be a must if he gets into an AP class. We were able to cover the key concepts of the packet he was told to review for the quiz. He knows that he will also need to read the packet later on in order to flesh out the details. We then worked on reviewing Chapter 29 on World War I."
"The student and I discussed the Napoleonic Wars and the Haitian Revolution. For the Napoleonic Wars, we went over the basic contours of the disruptions Napoleon caused. We spent much more time dwelling on the Haitian Revolution and the mechanics of the Atlantic chattel slave system that produced the Revolution. Her teacher wanted her to focus on arguments between gradual and immediate abolition. In order to give context to the debate, we took a little peek ahead in history to the unraveling of Reconstruction in the American South. I brought the failures of Reconstruction in order to highlight the sense of urgency that must have weighed on those arguing for immediate abolition. It would not have been too difficult to foresee changes in political circumstances that allowed for a rollback of gradual abolition."
"We completed a video and worksheet on WWI. Reviewed WWI causes, war tactics, Treaty of Versailles, etc. Discussed his essay. Completed reading in "One Who Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest.""
"The session went well. We spent the majority of the time going over the upcoming vocabulary test, learning the 19 words necessary from her novel. In addition, I went over Alfred the Great, the Magna Carta, and the origins of representative government to help clear up questions she had on her class notes."
"We went over the student's history paper. The student put together a rough draft based on the outline we put together last week. I read over the draft, proofread it, and provided comments. The student did an outstanding job. She still needs to clarify a few points to connect them to her thesis statement, but overall the paper is well written and very well organized. I anticipate that she will get a high grade on it. After going over this paper, we quickly discussed an outline for her English paper. The student's outline is excellent. Now she needs to write a rough draft. Overall, it was a very productive tutoring session."
"Student A and I worked on another reading comprehension assignment for her English class. Student B and I continued working on her online humanities assignments regarding the history of the Civil War and the years leading up to it."