Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we prepared for the test tomorrow. The student is much better prepared for this test than the last test. I have influenced her to do her reading and to do it closely - something I am very happy about! Towards the end we reviewed how to attack multiple choice questions using POE and other strategies. She has a solid grasp of the content. Next week we are going to begin her new section with an overview of the content."
"The student and I went over the election of 1912. We made connections regarding its importance to the election of 1896 and identified patterns in politics. His teacher ran out of time to cover all the material in their unit, but was still including this information in the test that Friday so a good chunk of the session was spent teaching new material. After this we went back and reviewed all the material in the unit. We got through this fairly quickly considering that I had covered it last week while going through the key terms for the beginning of the unit, so it was the third time he had heard all this information. I'm expecting great results on this test. After we covered all the material for this unit, we went back and reviewed the last couple units so that we could begin reviewing for the AP test. I had a talk with the student about getting into gear for the AP test and really focusing in and he took it very well."
"After looking over the graded essays and short answers I believe he has two major problems. First is that his essays are badly formatted, usually consisting of an introduction, one large body paragraph, and a short conclusion. Second, his essays could use more specific use of sources and better citation. We practiced reading and analyzing source material then writing proper five-paragraph outlines with specific citations and proper structure. I encourage him to practice analyzing sources and to use outlines during his next written test. I believe this in itself will improve his grades. When I do see improvement in his writing I would like to touch on his performance in the multiple choice section. Multiple Choice makes up the largest portion of the AP test."