Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student and I used lecture format to discuss World War I from the perspective of U.S. involvement. She just began the introduction of this material in chapter 22, so this was the most beneficial method for discussion. Her next test will be on only this chapter , and her class will be focusing on it for two weeks, so she should find it helpful to have a comprehensive understanding of the event before learning the detailed minutiae of the War and its peace talks. The student stated she should have he scores from her previous test some time this week. When asked, the student said she believed she did well on this test (chapters 21 and 22). Although we did not get to begin our comprehensive review of the year, I have encouraged her to begin reviewing her period 1 notes, as we will begin discussing these periods, when time allows, during our sessions. There were no concerns from this session."
"The student and I reviewed two chapters of worksheet material covering the new deal and the beginning of WWII. We went over any terms she was unsure of and I quizzed her on the material to check for understanding. I also reviewed with her possible answers to a number of essay questions that are on the study guide. Her unit test on 4 chapters is on the 27th of February, so next week we will review all four of those chapters."
"We went over Chapter 22- Post World War I culture. The student explained all major concepts in the chapter and answered review questions to prepare for her unit exam. We also went over AP prep questions. Homework- If the student can look at the AP practice exams in the back of her test guide, and find 6-10 questions covering topics addressed in Chapter 22."
"The first student has increased his overall grade in the class and has indicated that he feels confident he can maintain this level of success by continuing to utilize the strategies we have covered in our sessions. The second student and I met on Sunday and we will continue to work now one-on-one to try and fine tune note-taking and study skills in preparation for quizzes and the test. We spent the first 20 minutes or so of the session going over her notes and came up with a couple of new techniques to implement in terms of note-taking and studying. I have no doubt that she will see the improvement she is looking for over the remainder of the year."
"Today we covered some of her assignments. We began working on an assignment due on Monday and reviewed the new material. I left her with homework to get the WW2 readings done by Friday and to continue to review."
"During this tutoring session, the student and I dove into the Labour Party of England. She had a paper to write and needed a little help in understanding the Labour Party and its platform for this assignment. In order to do this, we focused on the party's platform on social and economic policy. I think that she did have a fairly good understanding of the party but would struggle, a little, with the social and economic policy and why the Labour party believes what they do. She still seems eager to learn the material though and does seem to be making progress."
"The student and I worked on the judicial branch in today's session. The judicial branch is the hardest unit of American government, as it requires a deep understanding of the court system and how a trial works. We spent a great deal of time covering the Supreme Court and going over important cases. It was more difficult to explain the lower courts and how they function, so I will come up with a different resource for her to use to learn about the lower courts and the differences and similarities between them."
"Quiz on chapter ten: interest groups. We finished reviewing chapter eleven: congress, then reviewed and discussed the chapter. His knowledge of chapter ten was good, aside from a couple terms he missed which he now has the opportunity to review. Next week we will have a quiz over chapter eleven and review chapter twelve, putting him in a good position to do well on the next test without cramming; certainly an improvement over last time."
"We covered amendment 1 of the Constitution. The student took detailed notes and we looked at court cases dealing with different aspects of amendment 1."
"Worked on World History assignment and spoke about a plan for finals. Really seeing a lot of progress in the student's understanding when I pose questions to him."
"The student and I reviewed material for a test he has coming up on Friday. We made flashcards on various topics, specifically on how a bill becomes a law, the express vs. implied powers of congress, and the structure of our legislature. To highlight certain points, we watched YouTube videos. We also practiced a speech that he has to give on the Bill of Rights. To put the Bill of Rights in context, we compared and contrasted the freedoms we have as Americans, with the rights people have in other countries."
"Today we found articles for all of the student's classes. She is going to work on the writing portion and then we'll meet on Saturday so I can comment and look over them."