Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed the packet the student's teacher gave him on Immigration trends, the Industrial Revolution, the Second Great Awakening, and Abolition. The student had no problems understanding this material. This session was primarily focused on prepping for Friday's test. We decided to take key points from the whole packet, either major concepts or notable people, and have the student make flashcards so he could remember them. We did this in such a fashion where the explanations make sense to him and will trigger him to remember figures or terms with his own associations. I also had him color code the cards and add the key concept each term related to in a different color so that he could begin to tie each term to an overall theme which will help him when it comes to writing essays. We got through most terms, but I left him with the task of finishing these cards on his own with the same amount of depth we had together."
"For this session we specifically went over a multiple choice assessment I created that covered the content material he was going to be tested on in class. It covered the content material for chapters 15-19 in his textbook. I had spoken earlier to his teacher to make sure that the assessment materials I was using did not compromise the ones he would use. I had three different tests with over 75 questions total. We went over questions one at a time. He would read a question, pick an answer, then we would discuss important points, events, people, and terms that went along with the question. He was a bit unsure about the content material that went along with the reform movements of the 1820s-40s, but I explained that for the most part that will be all about him just remembering the people/organizations and movements with which they were connected. He did substantially better covering the political events and people of the time periods in question. We also talked about test taking strategies once he explained to me his difficulty in getting through questions in a timely manner. He told me that on the group project we worked on last session he received an "A". He has said that he will email me the next unit assignments/topics for our next session early in the week."
"The student's APUSH final exam is tomorrow. It is not cumulative, but it is 2 units worth of material and it is 20% of the semester grade. She had questions about two possible essay topics. We went over those first. We then went through the two Unit Reviews, starting with the older one. She felt that maybe she had been tested on some of it before, but I reminded her that beginning with that unit she was "all caught up" and so she was on top of studying for the test and working through the reviews and reading the Exam book along with the teacher lecture - it was more familiar to her for those reasons. She asked questions about what jumped out at her as unknown or confusing. She also told me her further plans to study in the evening to be 100% prepared."