Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In today's lesson I first gave the student 50 questions about world history during the period 1450-1750. We went through them question by question, with me explaining context and answers when necessary. Then I gave him questions about late 18th/early 19th century American history, which we also went through question by question. The last half hour or so I tested him knowledge of civics concepts and Washington state history using flash cards."
"The student is in the middle of a practice test, so we reviewed the parts of the test that he was unsure of. From what he told me of his review and how much he knew for the first part of the test I thought his study over the past week was helpful. We also went over one of the essay questions. He first wrote out on outline and then orally rehearsed it with me. He felt comfortable with the test so we spent the last half an hour watching a video on the Colombian exchange and then talking about it. He was very good at answering my questions and finding themes and significance from the video."
"We will continue to work on medieval history, but we are nearing the end of this section and will move into a new area soon."
"There was a Unit 3 Study guide in World History that covered the emergence of Athenian Democracies, Hellenic Culture, the spread of Hellenism, and the conquests of Alexander the Great and Phillip the second. We reviewed that information and I left the student with information on how to complete the rest of the study guide about the emergence of the Roman Empire. We also briefly worked on one of his literature projects about "The Catcher in the Rye". He was very organized this session and I had no major concerns."
"Today the student and I focused on studying for her history test tomorrow. She is really beginning to understand material as we break it down and take one piece at a time. She had a list of terms she needed to know, both people and ideas, regarding world religions. We were able to go through and talk about and define each of the terms she needed to know. The student even took the initiative of writing each definition down and offered to reread the material tonight and in her morning study hall. Being able to work through this list the way she did makes it clear she's adjusting better to her high school workload, and also learning to organize her ideas more easily."
"We spent this session first going over a paper the student had written on a pesticide use over the past 100 years, and the balance of benefits and downsides that it has represented. Following this, he started in on a short-answer take-home assignment on soil types and layers of the Earth."