Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Yesterday we completed a worksheet about the Great Depression, and I showed the student some movie clips and pictures related the era - the bank run scene from 'It's a Wonderful Life,' a video clip of a dust storm, the Hooverville scene from 'The Grapes of Wrath,' etc. It was a fun session - he seemed to like it."
"We filled out a homework sheet of 7 short answer questions and key terms. Some of the key terms were covered last week, others were not. These were mostly in the date range of 1933-1938, on the topic of the Second New Deal, involving social and political happenings. I occasionally stopped to ply him with thought questions linking the terms together, and quizzed him at the close of the session on the homework."
"Today the student and I covered the second half of chapter one and all of chapter two in the U.S. History and Government review book. Specifically we went over major early Supreme Court decisions, judicial review, Alexander Hamilton, political parties, early foreign policy, sectionalism, the Age of Jackson, reform movements, the Missouri Compromise 1820, and the Civil War. Once he has the books, I think it will be easier for him to be engaged. I left him to read chapter three for our next lesson."
"The student is working on a project for his American Studies class on the Civil War. He is corresponding with another student through a given historical persona. He has really engaged with the project and demonstrates considerable knowledge of the subject matter. We discussed the historical context of his letter and talked at length about how his persona would view the events around him. I encouraged him to consider various perspectives and incorporate period-specific viewpoints that he had not yet encountered. We then chose a frame for his first letter and created an outline of it. The student seems to grasp the importance of framing and has made progress on creating connective tissue between his ideas. I look forward to working with him further on this project."
"First session. We looked at his history grades, his English grades, and discussed his study methods and what he felt was an issue. He likes math and physics, but struggles in courses where there is more interpretation and reading comprehension. We looked at a few of his study habits, etc., to work on tomorrow."