Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over inequalities, square roots, fraction multiplication, decimals, and order of operation questions."
"We began our session by reviewing the vocabulary study cards that we created last session. The student had clearly studied the cards as she knew the definitions well. We made 2 word webs by using the vocabulary words to find common prefixes and roots. We discussed how the prefix or root of a word can determine a word's meaning and we covered breaking a vocabulary word apart to determine the meaning when there is a word she is unfamiliar with on the SSAT exam. We went over the positive/negative strategy for the synonym section. We completed 3 verbal drills, read 2 different reading passages and completed 4 reading comprehension drills. For the reading comprehension section of the exam, we discussed skimming the questions first, skimming the passage and stating the main idea. We ended the session by making an additional 26 vocabulary study cards. The student also has a set of index cards on prefixes, roots, and suffixes, which she will study and add examples to. She is already making great progress, and is excited over the learning process."
"The student and I began quickly discussing stems. I left him a stems sheet and a vocab list for him to take a look at and work on before our next session. We then began to work on reading comprehension. He is good at picking up on details, but we worked on what he should be trying to assess: the type of passage, the main idea, and where the author's perspective comes in. Passages about science or with a strong tone (ex: sarcastic), he handles very well; drier passages about subjects he is not interested in are much more of a challenge. We discussed how with subjects that he knows, he should not get distracted by his own knowledge, and with subjects that he doesn't know, using the questions to focus his reading will keep him on track. He is clearly a good reader, but we will do more work to help him focus his energy with this section. We took a break and returned to mathematics achievement, where he had relatively few issues. For next time, I assigned him some analogies in the hopes that his ability to discover the relationships will improve with practice."