Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We discussed the factors that led to the collapse of the Soviet Union, as well as the lasting effects of Communism, specifically on the lead-up to the Arab Spring. We had a conversation about the "proper role" that the United States should play on the world stage. The student grasped the broader implications of our discussion with minimal difficulty. At the end of the session, we spent a few minutes discussing "Macbeth," which we will continue discussing in greater depth on Wednesday."
"The student had not gotten started writing but had done some more searching for sources pertaining to U.S. agricultural/ food policy and its relationship to rising obesity rates and changes in American dietary habits, which definitely seems to be his main area of interest. We discussed how he could edit slightly the introduction of his paper to reflect any such change of focus. He seemed eager to begin writing, and since he doesn't seem to need additional sources at this point to do that, we spent a good portion of the session beginning to prepare his bibliography. His assignment calls for an annotated bibliography, so we both thought it would be helpful to keep track of his sources at this early stage of the writing process; hopefully he will begin writing the annotations as well. His professor wants the citations done in the Turabian style, so we looked at a guide for that approach online to ensure that his bibliography is in the right format from the outset. For next Monday, the student is expected to have all of his current sources listed in the bibliography and begun writing."
"The student and I met today to go over the information on Sparta in more detail. We practiced debate argument types--defense and attack--and we had a great conversation about how to read between the lines of the information on Athens to determine what Sparta valued in opposition to them. I also clarified some matters of historical chronology and fact for him. We closed by discussing the short story "Omelas" as an allegory for privilege, as it argues that happiness often comes at the expense of the less fortunate. We talked theme, and character choice, as well, making sense of why the author would choose weak symbols over strong ones."