Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This was our final session. We spent almost the entire time on practice exams. Student had completed an entire math section and was working on the writing section when I met with him. He then completed a verbal section. We went over the questions and answers and looked at the questions that he was either getting wrong or skipped and addressed them. I encouraged him to finish doing any practice problems today and not do any more prep tomorrow (the day before the exam). I advised him that it is usually a good idea to try and relax, take a break from studying, and mentally prepare for the exam."
"The student seems to understand the concepts behind multiplying and factoring polynomials. If he practices and reviews more problems, he will be more confident about how to solve the problems without making mistakes."
"He got a 37 on his work. We did go over the strategy of reading the sentence before and after a bolded word to help him in answering questions. He also read 17 pages in Tropical Rain-forests by Seymour Simon. He had me take back all the other books."
"The student and I continued discussing her research methods paper; we reviewed several new articles and incorporated the results of these studies into the literature review. We also reviewed the discussion section of her paper and reviewed elements of this section (brief summary of study, meaning/interpretation of results, implications for future research, and limitations). We reviewed APA formatting and references/citations."
"Practiced travel vocabulary with the students combined with necesito (I need), prefiero (I prefer), and tengo (I have). Practiced questions and answers they might hear at the airport. Practiced reading comprehension with Student 1 using La Casa de Calle Mango."
"We went over conversation, making sentences with new words, and reading comprehension. Overall very good lesson. The student continues to improve his listening and speaking skills as well as his pronunciation."
"We began by reviewing a few questions that the student had from the last assignment. Nothing major was problematic, so I am not concerned about these few questions. We then spent a significant amount of time working on concepts pertaining to permutations, set theory, and probability. I closed by quickly reviewing circle concepts. She was strong on this. I assigned the chapter on circles, the probability problems, and the remainder of the discrete verbal questions."
"We went over an essay that he wrote, which was excellent. I have very few concerns about his writing ability. We then spent the remainder of the time on his math. He is excellent verbally, so we want to spend our remaining sessions on math work. He is really coming along and shaking off the rust. I expect him to do very well."
"The student and I spent an hour going over geometry concepts such as area, perimeter, and volume of various shapes, as well as the Pythagorean theorem. It seemed that she received a lot of clarification on these concepts. We then spent 30 minutes discussing general timing strategy such as process of elimination and selectively answering "easier" questions, and I gave her specific timing and strategy tips for each SSAT section. We finished off by practicing 5 main idea and inference questions in the reading section."
"The student and I met for a session of tutoring. In this session we went over how to work with graphs, inequalities, functions, and sequences. As always, she was quick to pick up the concepts. One thing that worried me is that we have not had a whole lot of sessions recently, and she seemed out of practice. By doing more practice problems, she will be more used to what the test can throw at her. We also practiced some hard vocab question, which were tough for both me and the student. We are about a month away from the test date, and I am still confident she will do very well."
"We focused on the essay portions of the exam today. As a reminder: 1) start each essay by restating the prompt using your own language; 2) be clear on what is being asked for, especially with the essay that analyzes an argument; 3) state your position in 2-3 sentences following the introduction; 4) give concrete examples to illustrate your point, being careful to tie each example back to the central theme."
"I covered numerous advanced questions covering topics such as ratios, percents, and linear equations. He will take his exam on Tuesday. I covered general test taking strategies such as picking numbers and back-solving. Overall, he is confident that he will do well on the exam."