One of my students made a dramatic improvement in her freshman IB history class! Her mom found me on the Internet and I worked with her over Spring Break.
Yeah, I know.
I felt for her. It takes some dedication to spend an hour a day reading about the Romans and the High Middle Ages when the rest of the world is tanning poolside and catching up on Facebook.
Anyway, she gradually has improved her grade to a solid B. It was very gratifying to hear her say that “It feels good to be a chapter ahead in history.” From performing somewhat erratically on tests, she has become a consistent high B performer and has a shot at an A in the class!
One of may mantras is to get ahead and stay ahead. The IB program is tough for entering freshman because the history textbook is above the ninth grade level. It takes reading it with dictionary.com open for some students to decode the material.
And decoding is only the first step toward understanding and internalizing the material….
Because history is the course that requires the most reading in the freshman IB line up, it is one many students find hard. However, making the effort to get ahead and put yourself in a position to hear the lecture with a good basic grasp of the material makes getting a good grade a world easier.
It also takes the pressure off. I’m overjoyed that IB history tutoring in Tampa has worked so well for this student!
If your student is not doing well in IB history or regular American, European, or World History, please give me a call at 813.787.8959. I’d love to be sharing a student success story about your son or daughter in this space.
Posted by Tampa English Tutor at 4/30/2009 12:14 AM