Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I continued the chapters on China's cultural influence, and on the Mongol empires. He did not particularly struggle with the content, and was relatively receptive. I encouraged him to think about the documents presented in the textbook, and to read more thoroughly before our sessions. I believe his comfort with reviewing a document has contributed to a tremendous amount of success."
"The student and I covered the development of the governments and economics from the middle ages to 1750. Much of this focused on the Columbian Exchange, silver trade, and triangular trade route."
"Today the student worked on his long-term AP US Gov/Pol project on Presidential elections. We focused on research methodology/organization and specifically focused on the section of the assignment dealing with the political parties, candidates, and issues. He should remember to record his thoughts and impressions during the research phase of his project by using brackets [ ]. He should also use the "finder" app on his computer to create folders and subfolders for project topics and research notes. Next week we will focus on in-class note taking skills, his finished research, and we will begin working on the media and news section of the project. Great work today!"
"Today we continued studying the material for chapter 4, in order to help prepare him for his test tomorrow. We mostly focused on the material for chapter, but went over a few key terms from chapter 5 that were listed on his study guide. He was very interested in learning the material, but had difficulty with some terms. The student was able to explain most of the concepts for each term, but had difficulty with remembering the names of all of the court cases. I worked on explaining the differences between each of the court cases, and helping him remember which one was which. He was having trouble keeping them all separate, and was sometimes confusing some of the cases. By the end of the session, I feel that we had made a lot of progress. Since he learns best by repetition, I kept quizzing him on all of the vocabulary terms and court cases. We first covered the ones listed on the study guide and then went over all of the key court cases that his teacher discussed in class."
"We went through a variety of multiple choice questions which revolved mostly around the time period that the student is covering in class right now. We also looked at long essay questions from past AP European History exams and talked through some strategies on how to write them. I had him take a couple of minutes for each essay question and plan out some basic ways to answer the questions we went over, and then gave him some other ideas to help further his analysis and include more examples. I also gave him some more studying tips to help interact with his reading/class notes more efficiently."
"We went through the basic structure of the Constitution, and talked about the first 3 articles, the process of amending it, and did an overview of checks and balances. "