Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student worked on an acrostic poem with facts about the Aztec Empire for social studies. We read 8 individual documents on the Aztec Empire, and he took notes. He highlighted all the facts by category- political, economical, geographical, and social. He picked out topic sentences and reasons for each area and added them to his notes. We then read through the social studies textbook on the Aztec Empire and added additional notes. These will help him complete an essay in class. He finished by completing a worksheet for math on proportions. Very productive session."
"The student had some material that she brought home to complete and she worked on that. In addition, she worked on her math assignment, which required her to complete proportion problems."
"Both kids did very well today! The first student got her science worksheet and today's column in math done, while the second student did his entire 40 minutes of math facts (he had already finished his math worksheet perfectly by the time I saw him)!"
"Continuing study of the early 20th Century in the K12 curriculum, the student completed Unit 7 lessons 1 through 5. Unit 7 A Fascinating Era tells of the 1920's in the USA, a time of fun and changes. With World War I over Americans wanted to return to "normalcy." But there were conflicts: between men and women, different races, rich and poor, law enforcers and criminals. Some people wanted traditional ways of life, others desired innovation and reform. Lesson 1 concerned Amendment 18 -- the Prohibition of Alcohol. The student learned that banning alcohol caused some to find it more inviting -- young people who are called "the Lost Generation." Organized crime grew from the illegal distribution of alcohol. The 21st Amendment reversed the ban on alcohol. Lesson 2 Doubling Voters covered women's struggle for the right to vote. He was intrigued to know that women picketed in front of the White House for months and went to jail rather than give in to having fewer rights. After spending time in jail, many of these brave ladies went on to fight for prison reform! Lesson 3 Seeing Red described the fear of Russia and the illegal treatment of people thought to be Communists (infringement of their freedom of speech and deportation). He learned about the leaders Lenin and Stalin, the terms totalitarianism and communism. Lesson 4 The Twenties taught about Presidents Harding and Coolidge. He showed much interest and excellent recall of details: President Harding was handsome and popular, but hired staff who stole from the government; he died before completing his term of office. Coolidge was a Progressive man who reformed society to help immigrants, racial groups, and women. Lesson 5 The Jazz Age described the explosion of art and culture of the 1920's including the invention of jazz music. A rich world of thinkers and doers lived and worked together in Harlem, New York, writing, painting and making music that transcended segregation. People had money and were materialistic, most everyone owned a car by 1930, and most people did not seem to notice the poor and downtrodden. Bold young women of this era "bobbed" their hair, wore makeup, got jobs, and danced a lot! He scored 100% on lesson quizzes that combined verbal answers with multiple choice. After hearing a chapter read aloud, he has excellent recall of facts and understanding of connections and contrasts."
"Today we finished the chapter on geometry. We learned about rotations, reflections, translations, tessellations, solid figures. He is having a little harder of a time with Chapter 10 because of the reliance on vocabulary this chapter entails. We may have to review this chapter's vocabulary. His motivation and attitude are excellent!"
"Today he completed his math homework and took a 6th grade math computational exam. He has made improvements in math. He is currently performing at the level of a second quarter 6th grade student. He continues to work on moving decimals to the right in order to create whole numbers."