Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I began by discussing how his course works, where he's at in his course work, and the kinds of experiences he's had with AP-style exams in his history course. We reviewed the Paleolithic and Neolithic periods as well as Ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt and made flash cards for key terms. We also discussed some of the concepts so that he could have a chance to explain in his own words why certain trends developed (population growth, for instance). He remembered more than he expected in this session, which was great, and he will probably find himself becoming more confident in his knowledge as we continue our review. We discussed strategies for using the flash cards, and I emphasized that he can pull them out whenever he has a few minutes to spare and quiz himself. We also went over how to make a spider-chart to review material and think about concepts comparatively, which is important because the AP exam asks him to answer comparative multiple choice questions as well as write a comparative essay. I asked him to review his flash cards before the next session, and to come up with a change over time essay question and outline. I told him that the essay outline and question should not take him more than 15 minutes, since on the exam he'll have 10 minutes to outline. He did a nice job this session, and I look forward to continuing to work with him."
"We had a good session today reviewing three topics: the current material, WW1, and review of the earliest chapters of the book to prepare for the AP exam. There are some key areas the exam is likely to cover, so prioritizing review of those sections will help keep things fresh in the student's mind. She has acceptable recall of most topics which is good, but the more specific she can get the better. Next session, we will continue the review and I will reserve some time to answer any questions she has on the current material."
"This was the first session with the student. I met her, her parents, and her grandmother. We reviewed the current class as well as how she was currently doing. I have to say that I thought that she was very bright-especially for her age. She had a really good understanding of issues and how they affect the world. The one issue that we discussed, along with her Mom was the fact that her assignments can be turned in late which leads to her getting a lower grade. Thus, it is not so much her understanding of concepts in the class, but the late assignments that she is turning in late. Finally, we began to cover some topics in WW1 and its effects that would lead to WW2."