Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student completed a vocabulary homework assignment for today and we went over it together. I am pleased by the effort that she is putting into her homework - It was clear that she had not only completed the assignment but had spent time practicing the words as well. We corrected errors in the assignment and then practiced using the vocabulary words in different contexts. We finished the lesson with some grammar practice questions on which she performed very well."
"We discussed the test taken last Saturday, how he felt about it, what he considered easy, and what he considered difficult. We went over some reading and writing exercises finding direct text from passages to assist in creating an outline for a persuasive writing piece. We also reviewed certain math problems dealing equations, conversions, and geometry. The student can still improve on simplifying answers and carefully reading questions. He is scheduled to take the SSAT again in December."
"I am glad I have the opportunity to tutor this student. She does need a bit more help with vocabulary but she is a very quick learner. I assigned her math homework and I hope that we can go over it the next session."
"We covered reading comprehension this session. We went over an extensive review of the fundamental techniques that isolate the main comprehension questions that will be on the SSAT. I gave her the usual study guide as homework."
"Today the student and I worked mostly on the math section of the SSAT. We specifically focused on arithmetic, word problems, and geometry. His homework is to work on his essays and continue through the math section as much as he can on his own."
"Met with the student to discuss what happened on the test and to come up with the plan to improve her score. We are going to meet tomorrow to review vocabulary and set up flashcards so that she can study vocabulary in a meaningful way. On the weekend, she will take a full test in order and then we will review to go over time management."
"The student and I focused on the math section of the SSAT. We went through several of the practice tests online in order to gauge his strengths and weaknesses. He has an incredibly strong number sense, and is very quick at mental math. We'll continue to work on setting up a problem and figuring out how to solve it. He is a quick learner. We covered problems that included fractions, decimals, and percents, or the conversion between them. I think this will just take a review of the rules in order to familiarize him with the concepts. Tomorrow, we will begin to work through his practice book in order to comprehensively cover the test material."
"The student and I did more reading practice and a little bit of math practice. For reading we are focusing on becoming more familiar with the types of questions and how to quickly find the answers. She focused well and did a good job. We did one math practice test, and she did well on that too. We will practice more reading and math. For vocab it will be best for her to practice by making flashcards since she only has a few days left."
"We started by reviewing in detail all the corrections to one of the student's essays. She and a classmate analyzed the new grammar and vocabulary points learned. These included countable nouns, gerunds versus, present tense, and the conditional mood. We learned strategies for choosing the proper verb form, and how to use conjunctions, among other language structures. She was enthusiastic and attentive. We then went on to read together one of her practice SSAT essays for structure and style. In the next lesson, we will continue with the analysis of grammar and vocabulary. We will also review their homework, which is to write essays for their applications to the online summer school offered by the university."
"Focused on word roots and the basic relationships in analogies. Will need to work on practicing these things more with the student as it seems to be a new concept to her."
"Math - Pythagorean theorem, setting up equations from word problems, solving for variables, interpreting word problems Verbal - analogy practice"
"The student and I reviewed the math homework I gave her after our last session. The homework focused on percentage problems. She is finally doing percentages in school which is helping her understanding. Instead of switching to verbal as planned, we reviewed her math homework in more depth with her since it was applicable to upcoming the test. I left her a very long vocab list to review during her school break."