Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"After talking to the student's mom, we decided that for the rest of her sessions we will work on math, vocab and the essay."
"Finished our diagnostic survey of the test at large, during which the student continued to indicate a high level of familiarity with the content. We then started our in-depth examination of the reading section. The student has already shown herself to be a strong reader; while we discussed the benefits of "pre-reading" the questions for each passage, I also took care not to change an already successful process. After some guided practice, I administered a timed practice of the section, on which she recorded an 85% accuracy rate. The three questions missed had varying degrees of ambiguity, forcing the test taker to make educated guesses based on available information. While I was pleased with the results, I believe she can score higher on this section, so these situations will receive heightened focus when we return to reading."
"This session, I had the student work on the verbal and reading comprehension portions of the practice test. As she was doing the test, I was grading the portions she had completed and making vocabulary flashcards for words that she didn't know. She moved on to the reading comprehension portion, and with just a few minutes to go, she said 'I remember this one,' and I asked her if she has read the passage before, and she said that she had. Since she was only 5 minutes away from completion, I had her finish, and then we reviewed the words she didn't know. We made a total of 25 vocabulary words and the definitions of each on the back of each card. When we were going over the sentence completion portion of the test, I told her to look for the 'important word' in the sentence. It's the word that determines if the test maker is looking for a word that means similar to the rest of the sentence or opposite to the rest of the sentence. We continued with reading comprehension and talked again about looking for important words in the passages. She understood the basic idea of the passages but missed the message of the author on some of them. We reviewed the correct answers. We continued by going on to the essay portion of the exam. We talked about the last time that she had to write an essay and how she wrote it. She shared a structure similar to the one we ended up going over. She said that last time she had changed her mind about the topic halfway through the essay. I showed her how to get all of your thoughts together in the outline and to spend 15-20 minutes on the outline and 10-15 minutes doing the essay. We had enough time to make a mock outline and talk about how we were going to translate this to out essay, which we will do next time. I suggested to the mother that the student spend 10 minutes each day going over the 25 vocabulary words we made that afternoon. I also suggested that the student spend 20"“30 minutes reading difficult material, like a newspaper every day, write down words she doesn't know, then make more flashcards for them and continue the next day. Solid class: 3/5 stars"