Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went over and graded a practice essay she had written, and then discussed different Critical Reading questions, including reading comprehension, grammar, and vocabulary questions. Her scores look a bit better than the practice test we went over last week, and she definitely does a good job of studying diligently. I think today's material will help particularly on the grammar questions, since those contain a more finite amount of information than vocab or reading comp questions. But she is also working on vocab, and her reading comp is improving as she continues to work. I suggested she try setting up a routine for taking her practice tests, so that this routine will feel normal by test day."
"The student worked through a CR practice test section. We discussed her score and focused on incorrect questions. We also created a few strategies for approaching and evaluating test questions. I left her with additional test reviews and a few weeks of vocabulary/context clue exercises"
"The student had some math questions she had no idea how to start, so we worked on how to identify and tackle those. There was also some cleaning up we did for some of the easier questions."
"We started off today going over the student's most recent practice essay, which displayed her best English grammar yet. We then practiced several Critical Reading passages which she did very well on! Vocabulary has been sent for homework."
"In this session, the student took the three sections of a practice SAT math test. We reviewed the problems on the first two sections and discussed helpful strategies for solving certain problems. We reviewed isosceles triangles, systems of equations, and interior angles at length. I will finish grading the exam and come up with the score that he received to use as a point of comparison, and to track his progress throughout the tutoring sessions."
"He and I spoke generally about SAT content and looked at the overview of his diagnostic scores. He did exceedingly well on his math diagnostic. We moved on to focus on critical reading for the majority of the session because this is the area in which he has the most room for improvement. We talked about completing sentence completion questions first and possibly skipping a couple of the hardest questions in each section, for now, so that he has time to finish the rest of the section and can improve his score."
"She and I covered the rise of English colonialism in North America, in addition to the simultaneous attempts of the French, Spanish, and Dutch to colonize different parts of the continent. We compared and contrasted the English style of colonialism from that of the French and Spanish, particularly in their relationships with Native Americans and their economic and political motives. We went over the major regions of early colonialism, notably Virginia and New England, and contrasted their differing characters. Finally, we discussed the nature of Puritan society, the causes and outcomes of King Phillips' War, and the beginning of tension between self-rule and royal control of the colonies."
"We reviewed sentence completion and passage-based reading strategies. I familiarized the student with online learning tools relating to test prep and asked him to do 20 to 30 minutes a day of flashcards and diagnostic tests."
"We discussed problems from a practice exam, differences between level one and two tests, and apps for studying vocabulary. For next week the student will write a practice essay and complete a math level 2 practice/diagnostic test."
"We went over the math section and focused on geometry and trig. When the student reads and understands the question she does fine. For homework she will do more geometry and trig practice."
"The first student and I worked on a previous version of her state assessment exam as another way to prepare for the October test. Most of the material was the same as what will be on the assessment, and she and I went through each of the problems separately and I had her explain what she did to get her answers. I made a few flashcards for them to finish up and study from. The second student and I tackled some of the exams in the study book and he is doing very well. Many of the problems he got right the first time, and the ones he got wrong he could generally guess the correct answer. We still need to do more shapes, volume and surface area problems."
"The student and I worked on some grammar questions during this session, including some about how to correctly rewrite parts of sentences and others about how to fix some given paragraphs. He did have another essay that he had written that I can look at. His homework is to write another essay for me."