Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student had social studies homework. We reviewed chapter 9 in his book and he found the answers in the text. Next, we briefly started reviewing his math homework. We were unable to get through the assignment because the social studies assignment took some time. The next session is on Thursday at 4pm."
"Today was the first session with the student. We started the session by going over some of his likes and dislikes. Then I asked several questions about his test taking skills. The last half of the session we focused on some practice test questions in reading and in the math parts of the test."
"Student 1: Area of a trapezoid (derivation of formula) and sum of total angles in a polygon with n-sides (derivation of formula). Student 2: Pythagorean theorem (using it to solve for different problems within the context of homework sheet)."
"Today the student and I worked on improving sentences in the English section since that is the type of section that she has the most trouble with out of the whole SAT. We did a few drills and practice sections of that."
"The student and I went through some more of the sixty questions to prepare for her exam. Most of the topics that we covered today included factoring, finding roots/x-intercepts of quadratic expressions, and simplifying algebraic expressions. Once we got through a topic enough times, she was able to pick it up."
"The topics covered were finding probability using random number samples, charts, and given values. Progress was made in the understanding of probability terms, how to go about the problems, and in the confidence of the student in doing homework problems."
"The tutoring session involved helping the student with geometry problems for her coursework. Specifically, we worked on solving equations and determining angles. She picked up the concepts quickly and comfortably solved these questions. Working on the proofs was the most challenging part of the session, but we were able to work through all of them."
"In our first session we discussed the basic format and content of the test and discussed general strategies for the test. After that we worked specifically on parts of the Verbal test and went over tips and practice questions for the Synonyms and Antonyms questions on the exam."
"Today, we finished reading and reviewed the book in preparation for her Reading Counts test that she is going to take tomorrow. She also drew pictures from her favorite scenes in the book. She really enjoyed this activity and got to show her artistic abilities in the process. She is continuing to improve each session, and I am eager to see how she did on her Reading Counts test. I encourage the student to read out loud every night, and to log her reading hours as she goes along to see her own improvement."
"The student will be taking the ISEE this upcoming Saturday. He has greatly improved in math, and he is scoring about 870 on ISEE math sections. He is also scoring 900+ on reading and writing sections. After practicing a section of ISEE math, we also discussed how to efficiently write the essay."
"The student took the admissions test in December and wants to take it again in February to improve her score. In this session we thoroughly discussed the questions she missed on the December exam, of which nearly all were logic games and logical reasoning problems. We discussed diagramming strategies and the importance of being familiar with every type of game so as to not lose time. We also discussed not taking more than 2 minutes on a particular problem. On the logical reasoning problems, we went over the principle that identifying the conclusion in the passage is the key to many problems. We also discussed elimination of answer choices that contain extreme or irrelevant statements. She has ordered some test prep books which will not only provide more sample questions/tests, but will also allow us to discuss in detail particular types of questions so that every type of question will become familiar."
"We talked about the student's electromagnetic induction lab and then about the focal properties of curved mirrors (both convex and concave). We talked mainly in qualitative terms about how curved mirrors form images based on where the object is with respect to the mirror's focal point. We also discussed how to draw the chief rays for a mirror ray diagram."