Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed for his exam on WWI. Additionally, we completed the homework for Wednesday on the Russian Revolution and completed a mapping worksheet of European country boundaries pre and post WWI. Completed the session reading 9 pages in "One Who Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and discussing what was going on in the book thus far."
"We went over the student's World History class assignment, reading textbooks and class handout materials to develop 1) a timeline of events in the around the separation of the Catholic Church into Roman and Eastern Orthodox factions, and 2) a "Top Ten"ù list of the advantages of one and the disadvantages of the other. The timeline must contain at least 12 dates starting from the founding of Constantinople in 330, and its fall in 1453. All dates must relate to the Byzantine Empire; at least six must be accompanied by hand-drawn illustrations; and the timeline must be drawn in equal blocks of time, with relevant dates inserted on the scale."
"This week we worked on the packet for the entrance quiz. The student took notes on the material as I orally went over it. The packet was on the Mexican American War and its relationship to the Civil War. He will need to refine is note-taking skills, as well as his penmanship. I told him to read through the packet again as well as review his notes. We then worked on his World History homework, which was on the Chinese Revolution and Civil War."
"On Sunday with the student, she worked on her World History class notes. The chapter she is covering is one on the rise of communism across the world, and we went through and took several pages of notes. When I take notes with her, I work hard to have her repeat information, rephrase it into her own words, and answer questions about the material. I also posed several questions that would work as short in-class essays, and then discussed what the different points would be. Next week we are planning on doing some short responses over the material that we covered on Sunday."
"I got in touch with student's teacher this past week, and was able to focus our session far more than before. We rounded out and reviewed the notes previously taken, but focused more on the internal and external factors leading to the fall of the USSR, and the common features of those countries involved in the Arab Spring. I also helped her edit her notes, since her tendency is to write down everything I say."
"The student has a quiz on chapter 30 of his world history class Friday. We studied from his teacher's study guide about the Romanov family, Russia during the revolution, China during the revolution, India during the time of revolution and Southwest Asia. He is getting very confident in his knowledge; he needs to transfer that on the test."
"We had a session mostly concerned with the two different but important revolutions at the end of the 1700s. The American Revolution and the French Revolution were used as the focal point to discuss upcoming events and put into context surrounding ones."
"The student and I went over a practice test in world history. I wanted to assess where he stands with regard to the test. He expressed his comfort with the DBQ portion of the test, but showed some weakness with the multiple choice portion. My goal is to get him consuming as much history content as possible moving forward. He expressed understanding that improving his grade will require quite a bit of work on his own time as well."
"The student requested assistance with a world history project. The project consists of a two page paper with 5 required sources and a presentation with 5-6 slides. He had already chosen his subject, an inventor, Alexander Graham Bell. So I worked with him on finding high quality source material to use in his paper and on crafting an appropriate structure for his paper. Together we came up with the first half of his paper and started work on the bibliography."
"The student and I covered some important information about prehistoric times and people, and as we went through the chapter we placed particular emphasis on note taking strategies and the process of analyzing text. He is an incredibly focused student and I am very excited to continue working with him."
"Student and I prepared the basic outline of the essay for her history class. I explained the different types of revolutionary/nationalist movements (basically the context for the documents that she was assigned to read). She is going to read the documents and put key terms/ideas into the outline, and then we will meet to make sure that she has a good idea of the connections between the materials before she begins to write."
"The student has a test tomorrow so we had the study guide and his notes so we went through the whole thing and he has a plan for studying for the test. He is much more organized, and I am happy to see that he really seems to like to learn, and also pleased that he is doing well."