Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During our last session, I timed the student during a reading comprehension practice test. After 30 minutes he had answered 30 questions. Afterward we went through the answers together and strategies on how to efficiently use his time. The student stated that after the fourth passage he would lose interest and would have to re-read the passage once he got to the questions. The student would miss at least one question per passage and there were two passages that he missed 1/2 to 3/4 of the questions. The strategies we discussed were reading the "call of the question" first to narrow down the scope of what he should be looking for in the passage. We also discussed writing notes next to each paragraph to summarize the main point of that paragraph. Also underlying key facts in the passage. The student and I also went over a second essay that he had written. I saw an improvement in his grammar and he answered the question more completely. The student related the question back to his own life, which we had discussed doing last week. We also went over a few sentence completion questions and strategies on how to approach these questions by first reading the answers and then the sentence. If there is a sentence completion to fill in two blanks he can answer these questions more easily because even if he does not know one of the words it is likely that he knows the other. If the student changes the way he approaches the reading comprehension section I know that he will do great."
"We began by going over some math concepts again today. We went over systems of equations and quadratic equations. We then worked on reading comprehension."
"Yesterday the student and I made some progress on the fundamental mathematics section. We made it through exponents, geometry, and some basic algebra. She is working with inequalities, and with combining like terms and manipulating equations. We worked through some more difficult practice problems that we wrote together so we could really nail down these vital concepts. I explained that if she could solve these problems, she could work the ones on the test. I also gave her a couple practice problems over these for homework. After those, she was pretty excited to move onto geometry, which she felt much more comfortable with."