Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Yesterday, the student's World class took a full-length practice test. We started our session by looking at some multiple-choice questions. After this, we continued charting important events, figures, and terms from Era 3 (600 to 1450 CE). Again, he needed to review his African history (e.g. clarifying where Sub-Saharan Africa is). Charting continued to be a good opportunity to go over a range of details and get them organized on paper. Towards the end of the session, we wrote practice multiple-choice questions for each other. This time, we also looked at essay prompts (he wrote one for me, and I gave him one from his recent practice test). We took about 10 minutes to prewrite and draft a thesis. We explained our thesis statements to each other. Before our next session, he plans to format the paper for our chart. We will jump to Era 6, to help him review for a quiz. In addition, he needs to organize some papers. I look forward to our next session!"
"We worked on practice exams and went over both verbal and mathematics questions today during our session."
"Strong session! First, we looked over the assignment that I had given--a stems sheet, in which you find the connection between the stems and the definition of the words. We then focused on reading comprehension, working slowly through a section. Despite being unsure of himself, the student did exceedingly well with this section. His only issue really lay with author's tone and overall speed. We discussed the questions that gave him issues and clues to the right answers, and I asked him to focus on moving as quickly as possible--which obviously created pressure, but showed that he was able to use his judgment well despite not being as thorough as he likes. I left him quite a bit of work, including a full length practice test. I'll check in over email to see how things are going, but with any luck by working through vocabulary, practicing analogies, and practicing word problems, he will become more comfortable with the trickier aspects of the test."