Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I discussed the student's progress with the parents in light of the boys first-quarter grades (straight A's). We covered Student A's SSAT practice test 7, pp. 578ff., and reviewed their essays. Pages 75-97 assigned for today were postponed until 11/17 due to the time spent on the SSAT test."
"1. Word problems that involve deductive numerical reasoning, particularly those that address deducing shared and unshared properties of differentiated groups (i.e. a certain number N of people buy candy. s people buy snickers and p people buy peppermints. if z number of people bought both snickers and peppermints and o number of people did not buy peppermints, then how many people bought snickers?). 2. Don't be fooled by misleading visual representations. Pay particular attention to the information displayed in graphs. Differentiate counter-intuitive demarcations of x and y axes from values associated with points on the graph itself. 3. Drill the multiplication table until comfortable enough to be instantaneous with every number through 12 in real-time calculations. 4. Before beginning calculations, look at the format of the answer. For example, if the answer is given in fraction format, don't delve into unnecessarily complex decimal calculations. 5. In terms of spatial logic, try deducing the answer by establishing which of the options presented is noticeably different from the others. (i.e. the intersecting circles in the potentially "traceable" line problem: its intersection made it unlike any of the other shapes.) 6. Reading comprehension: don't even bother eliminating possible answers until you've given all the answers a brief look to establish the "comprehensive" parameters of the question. What the question is really getting at can be established by paying some initial, cursory attention to the format dictated by the possible answers."
"Today, we worked through geometry problems. We worked on test taking strategies, and we worked on correcting problems that were missed."