Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student has a voluminous summer reading and response assignment for this class and we covered the Spanish Conquest of the Americas, and passages on Bartolome de Las Casas, the priest who spoke out against the treatment of the Native Americans. The student is very bright and just needs to do the reading, so that we can discuss her essays, and her interpretation of the material. We completed several of the short essay questions, and she will complete some more before we meet again at the end of the week."
"Today we went over Chapter 13 up to the Tariff of 1832. We also discussed topics for her AP English essay. Her grades are improving; her most recent test score was an 80 (a 20-point improvement). There weren't any major concepts that she was having trouble understanding. I've asked that she periodically review her notes from previous chapters so she can keep some of the content fresh in her mind."
"Progressive Era Politics into the Great Depression. This chapter has a large amount of important content, as much of it tends to appear on the test."
"In this tutoring session we moved on from Mexico to began covering Great Britain. The main focus was going over the reading, which was about 30 pages and ensuring that the student understood the main points. The main focus, that the reading covered, was about the culture of Great Britain as well as how minority groups fit into the overall population. We also started to cover the political parties of Great Britain, who supports them and why. By the time that the session ended we started to move into the British Government and how it worked with it's Parliamentary System."
"In yesterday's session, the student and I covered the executive branch and completed all lessons and assignments in the module. We discussed the specific roles of the U.S. president, as well as the roles of the departments under the president's control. She understood the content and had very little trouble with this module. We will continue to work on her essay-writing skills in preparation for her final exams in a month."
"Reviewed the first part of chapter eleven: congress, but spent most of the session planning the student's textual analysis paper. We went over the assignment, wrote an outline, and looked at potential citation sources."
"Completed the student's homework packet covering the federalist papers and the judicial branch. Also began the student's geometry homework."
"Worked on World History notes, finished the notes that were due as homework and then began to study them. I am seeing a major growth within the student's ability to think critically."
"The student and I reviewed for an upcoming quiz by comparing and contrasting the expressed and implied powers of Congress according to the US Constitution. We organized these powers by putting them into a T-Chart, and then read a short play that makes these ideas come to life. The student and I also discussed political parties and outlined the characteristics of liberal, conservative, radical, and reactionary ideologies."
"During this session, I assisted the student with preparing for her upcoming final examination. To ensure that the student fully understood the various topics/issues and to ensure that she was fully prepared for the exam, I followed the teacher's course guide packet. This session was spent covering the origin of the state (government), including the various theories of development, the purposes of government, and the various economic systems. In addition, I also assisted the student with outlining the discussion question."
"Today we looked through the student's syllabuses and made a plan. She is going to think about topics for her two classes, and then we'll work on finding articles for her journals on Saturday at 2PM."
"We went over the next stage of the student's thesis. She added some good information and is on the right track."