Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed the material on the Black Death, and began looking over the material on the study guides for the final."
"The student and I prepared for module 6 American history to 1950 and the start of the Cold War. We also read over all relevant source material and help student frame responses."
"The student worked on finishing his math. He then completed the Egypt worksheet that he. We also worked on organizing his binder."
"The student and I explored the history of Ancient Greece, reviewed American geography, and worked in Microsoft Excel."
"Today we went over the religion/history homework that the student was assigned, covering the era of Napoleon and various details of the subsequent Napoleonic Wars. We also looked over the student's geometry homework, and he said that he was going to watch each lesson video on his tablet before completing the problems that he had for homework. Next time we will continue to work on geometry and French."
"We talked about the Vietnam war, art collections, Chinese history, Puerto Rico's economic development, and the causes of income inequality."
"The student and I talked about the Revolutionary War, Industrial Revolution, Eli Whitney, Civil War, War of 1812, Missouri Compromise, Oregon Country, manifest destiny, Seneca Falls Convention, and other topics in this era. We reviewed a study guide, and she answered multiple choice questions going over all the wrong answers as well. Once we established a timeline of the events in order, she was able to make connections with these events."
"Today was my first session. We spent time getting to know one another and identifying the issues that the family would like to address in the tutoring sessions. The student identifies her strengths as organization and time management and her weaknesses as concentration and study skills. I had the student complete a learning styles inventory, which identified her as a kinesthetic learner (she learns by doing) and that she prefers verbal over written assignments. This information will help me to tailor the tutoring sessions to best suit the student. I looked over the material that the student is most concerned about (History) and feel that our focus will be study skills, but using History as the vehicle to deliver those skills. I will answer questions about other subjects as well, but the student feels pretty confident in those courses. The student was given the task of keeping a log of any questions or material that she wants to cover at our next session. Each session will begin with her list and then we will move on to my lessons."
"This was my first session with the student. The purpose of the session was to help prepare him for a history exam he will be taking when he returns to school. The exam is short answer and requires that he write a detailed outline (to be turned in for points, as well as to be used on the test) about France, Germany, and Russia within three historical periods. I asked him to turn in his textbook (which is online) to the beginning of the section needed to complete the outline. I saw that the notes he was taking from the text weren't going to do him any favors in retaining and/or finding information in the future, so I asked him to practice a new note-taking process as we worked through the text that I believe will be more helpful. We then worked through as much of the text as we could while I showed him the best ways to decide what information on a page is most important and relevant to his purpose, how to quickly locate that information in order to make the process as efficient as possible, and how to take quick notes that are genuinely useful. Unfortunately, we started at a point in the text that was well before the content that he needed most, so, though I think he learned some new skills and processes that will be valuable to him, we did not quite achieve the most immediate goal of preparing him for this test. Regardless, I would say that this was a good session and that the things we began within it can be grown in future sessions and will ultimately help make him a better reader."
"The main topic for today's essay was a midterm essay for History. The essay focused on John Adams and Thomas Jefferson and their friendship throughout life and their political efforts. Letters between the two were examined. The beliefs and views of each of them were addressed alongside their friendship despite their political differences. The student then completed an assignment that focused on the success of the Louisiana Purchase, John Sutter and the discovery of Gold, the Gold Rush, and the role of women and immigrants during that time period. The student also completed a midterm exam for Physical Science on the first 8 Chapters of her book. Topics ranged from introduction to atoms, molecules, the periodic table, properties of matter, carbon chemistry, solutions, polymers, and more. The lesson ended with the outlining of her midterm assignment for her English class in which she has to write an essay comparing and contrasting two types of organizational essays. The essay will also highlight the importance proper organization has on the impact and strength of the essay on its readers."
"The student and I started by going over her schedule for the week and making sure she was on track to complete all of her assignments on time. She has a science quiz on Thursday on plate tectonics and an American history exam on Friday. We reviewed plate tectonics and created a mini study guide together. We then reviewed for her history exam. I quizzed her on the major topics and she explained to me what she knew about each concept/ subject and we filled in the gaps together. I then created a 10 question short answer exam which she completed. She had some trouble recognizing the "bigger" picture concepts (industrialization and agriculture) and how the impacted all of the topics on her upcoming exam (Industrial Revolution, transportation, immigration and slavery). Finally, she completed her math homework on solving multi-step algebraic equations and checking her answers."
"Vocabulary review (early Republic: Washington's cabinet, Alien and Sedition Acts, Federalists/Republicans, international affairs)"