Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Good session. We worked on writing equations and also how to solve equations especially when they have a variable. We will continue to work on these as they are new and unfamiliar to the student. He is doing a good job being patient and taking in all the new information. I will be sending him some practice problems for over the weekend."
"Today was my last session with both girls. From now on, we will meet separately, for an hour and a half each, each week. The girls clearly have very different needs, and it will be best for everyone if we separate my time with them. Today we finished going over the second half of the ISEE - Lower Level review. We covered the reading section, in which both girls excelled, and the math achievement section, in which Student A struggled only a little and Student J needed a lot of help, and new instruction, of foreign concepts. Student J is super smart, and miraculously seems to grasp concepts, tenuously at first, then with greater confidence. I'm certain that with individual instruction, she will be ready for the math parts of the ISEE. Lastly, we went over how to write a structured, organized, flowing essay. I gave both girls the copy of a general outline and had them practice writing an outline for a sample essay. Both girls did very well and I'm sure the essays I assigned them for our next session will be beautiful. That concluded our session."
"Today, we worked on Critical Reading, Verbal Reasoning, and the Essay. First, we started going over the reading section of the practice test the student took. We decided that she needed to work on reading more quickly and answering main idea questions, inference questions, and organization/logic questions. We also discussed how to answer vocabulary questions in this section: fill in the blank first in your head, and then look at the possible answers. Next, we briefly looked at the Verbal Reasoning's synonyms section. There were 16 words that she was not familiar with. Lastly, we looked over her homework, the essay. This essay was much clearer than her previous essay, and I graded it as a 5/6 overall. Her essay was very well organized and her argument clear. For homework, I assigned her 3 things: 1) memorize the three reading questions and the approach for answering vocabulary questions, 2) flashcards for the 16 words she didn't know, with the word, meaning, and a picture to help her remember the meaning, and 3) a new essay (to be written in 30 minutes)."
"The student and I started our session by reviewing the mixed number work we did yesterday. He had all the steps correct, including when I asked him to convert the mixed numbers to decimals. Then we worked on problems related to the area and perimeter formulas. These problems required him to be able to balance equations while isolating variables. We did some practice together on both the area and perimeter of rectangles formulas. These concepts are significantly more complex, so mastery in 60 minutes is not something I expected, and I was definitely pleased with the progress he did make (evidence of which was in the fact that he knew the correct answer to the final problem). Next time, we'll do a few practice problems to increase his confidence before moving on to another more discrete topic to work on."
"The student completed a verbal section since our last meeting. He had some trouble with the synonyms portion of the test, so we reviewed the strategies we've been discussing and practiced applying them to the questions he missed and some additional practice questions. He should work on identifying word parts and related terms when he encounters an unfamiliar word. We finished by going over some common root words and words in which they are found. We will review these and go over some more next week."
"Today we reviewed percentages, fractions, long division, basic algebra, decimals, and sentence structure. The student is getting better, but needs to try on her own without any help to make sure she is retaining the information from our session. She understood place value for decimals to fractions and so forth. I will assess her with worksheets that will be completed in my absence."