Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student did a very nice job today--we spent the first half of the session working on practice questions for the twentieth century and the second half of the session working on the comparison essay. For the multiple choice, he generally did a good job, but there were some questions where once he read it again he could correct his answers, which means that slowing down to read more carefully will help him get the score he deserves. However, we've also discussed that reading on a computer screen is different from reading a paper in front of you, so that might help him slow down and process the information more easily as well. Then we moved on to the essay. I suggested that he think thematically for each region that he needs to compare. Then we worked on creating an outline based on those themes for the topic of external migration in North America and Western Europe. He did a nice job remembering different push and pull factors, and we worked together on some of the specifics since some of it was based on material that his teacher hadn't covered yet. We then made plans for next time--we'll work on the DBQ and go over broad world history themes for our last session."
"Today we completed our comprehensive review. The student knows this material inside and out. Her analytic skills have improved significantly and with all the information now before her, she is able to make the connections between events across the globe and through time. She is confident that she will do well on Thursday and I am, too!"
"The student and I zoomed in our efforts on final test preparation for her AP World History exam. I provided her with some vocabulary resource lists and some insights as to how AP test questions are worded."
"Tonight, we worked on the student's English make-up work. We have specific assignments now, and we chose topics and found articles for his current events. We set goals and made a spreadsheet to complete the work. The longer papers we are going to work on later, and we want to get the one-page work done first. We have topics for everything selected, however. We also discussed his argumentative paper and have a general outline for what to discuss. He was very passionate about his topic and had great ideas."
"The student and I continued to work on organizational and study skills. We discussed his reading for his English class and answered questions related to the reading provided by his teacher. We also discussed his world history class. He received marks of 100% on two essays that we had worked on together for his English and world history courses. I reviewed a small essay he wrote based on a writing prompt. We continued to work with spelling and grammar exercises and also some sentence diagramming. He does very well with diagramming because it appeals to his visual comprehension."
"We covered blends, punctuation and writing onset, and rime words. We read the story and used rhyming word strategy. The student was ready to learn and was very much engaged. It was a very good session."