Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked through some math questions that the student had. Almost all of these were merely quite difficult questions. We then worked through some 1 and 2 variable word problems as well as ratio problems. I assigned all of these from the test prep book. We then worked through the discrete verbal issues he had. Vocabulary remains our focus. I will be keeping an eye for improvement and also will be using additional resources from our stock of questions. He did well enough on the reading comprehension to allow us to set that on the "back burner" for now; he will come to me with questions when they are very cryptic. I also assigned 30 more sentence completion and 40 more sentence equivalences. We quickly worked through a few "number properties" problems, more for the exercise than for anything else."
"For the final session, we covered some sentence correction, some reading comprehension, and the pep talk for taking the actual exam itself."
"We spoke again about strategies she can use to make herself feel more comfortable on test day. I suggested she buy a whiteboard (like the one used during the test) to use for practice. I hope that getting used to that note taking format will help her to be more comfortable during the test itself. We also talked about her continued discomfort with the subject matter on the test. She has trouble making sense of the passages they use, since they aren't about teaching and learning. We talked about ways to look not necessarily at the content of the passages, but just at the argument and how it might be possible to write about a passage's argument without fully understanding the subject matter. We also talked about her reading a daily paper in order to get a sense of issues that are in the news and that might appear in the test passages. Also, reading a daily paper might help her to be familiar with the rhythms of nonfiction writing and help her to be more comfortable with the passages in the test. We then worked on a passage set for the test, getting through only one of the essays. When outlining, the student continues to do a great job of identifying main ideas, claims, and evidence. Her outlines are fantastic; she's made a lot of progress in that area. However, when it comes to writing, she still has trouble sticking to the passages - she tends to go outside of them to make her arguments. For our next session, she is going to try writing out another essay from an outline, so we can take a look at how it goes."