Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered all of colonial America up until the end of the French and Indian War. So we did a crash course, going over Jamestown, the Pilgrims, the Puritans, the Native Americans, The Enlightenment, The Great Awakening, and The French and Indian War. We talked about cultures, economic systems and supports, and how these events set the stage for the American Revolution, the US Government, and even the Civil War. Fortunately the student was able to keep up with the speed with which I covered this material (and it was a lot of material). She has a test Wednesday and hopefully this helped her prepare and feel more comfortable with the material."
"This was my first session with the student. Overall, I think it went quite well and that she made a lot of progress. We worked on his summer reading essay, which was supposed to be written in response to Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown. The assignment aimed to assess how thoroughly the student had read the book and how proficiently he or she could write about the "Indian Problem." She did an excellent job combing the text for specific evidence, and had a clear point of view on all of the questions posed. She did struggle a bit with grammar, sentence structure and idea organization, so we worked on compiling a detailed outline for the essay. We then went back to refine certain concepts and vocabulary choices. We also spoke about contextualizing the text within the a broader framework of US history, noting that it was written three years after the AIM movement was founded and during the peak of US involvement in the Vietnam War."
"Thursday evening the girls and I focused primarily on political parties, the campaign process (including PACs, primaries and conventions, state voting, campaign finance), some domestic and foreign policy, and reviewed institutions of government again. The girls seem to be most concerned about separation of powers and the institutions. We also looked over some practice questions and discussed strategies for attacking both multiple choice and essay questions. I suggested that the girls begin small outlines of the units which they struggle with as a way to organize their thoughts and determine what material they need to review multiple times before the exam."
"The student and I began work on writing her case study paper, transferring and reorganizing the information from her outline into paragraph form. We will continue working on the paper at our session next week. The student also gave me a copy of the book she is reading for the final exam paper in her government class, so that I can be up to speed with its contents."
"We worked on the student's analysis paper today. I helped her break down the articles and find the answers to her assigned questions in essay form. She found and cited sources for the paper, and I proof-read and corrected her paper. She had the assignment finished by the end of our session."
"We talked about the later Roman Empire, the rise of Christianity, the rise of Islam, the schisms within Christianity and Islam, and basically did an overview of Japanese history from the pre-Tokugawa period through the beginning of WWII. That last part was a lot, but it led us into a discussion of the change and continuity over time essay. We practiced looking at a large period of time and finding specific moments she can point to as examples of major changes or continuities. We began a discussion of study skills for the multiple choice section, but I need to cover that better next time. The student's attitude remains excellent, and I'm very pleased with how well she has handled the practice essays. Very encouraging."