Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student worked on reading and science, and we also reviewed an essay she wrote for homework. She is doing well - 32 on reading. She then practiced science and is doing well."
"Yesterday I met with the student to start our admissions test prep. Last March he took the test and scored an 1890. We looked at his score break down and what he needs to do in order to be within the 25th-75th percentile. His reading score needs more improvement than the math so we started with strategies for reading the passages. We covered how to attack the passage, whether to read the questions first, and the types of questions asked after reading passages. We then did a sample reading passage and the questions that followed. The next part of our lesson was math. His strongest subject is math so I think he just needs to review the types of questions that may be asked. Firstly, I'll work on showing him "tricks" that making answering questions faster. Secondly, he needs to make sure he finishes reading the entire question before trying to answer the question. We set up our next meeting for Sunday. Until Sunday, I gave him 30 minutes of homework everyday to start to familiarize himself with the types of questions and passages he will be seeing on test day. My plan is to check his homework first thing on Sunday, explain the ones he missed, and then teach a lesson."
"The student identified the procedure to follow when answering reading questions on the admissions test. She put this procedure into practice for a mini-diagnostic toward the end of our session. She was able to read the question and contemplate a potential answer before looking at the answer choices. She then found the matching answer or eliminated clearly incorrect answers to improve her probability of earning a point from her guess at the remaining possible answers. She learned to skip difficult questions until she had attempted to answer all the questions of the section. Finally, she learned the value of reading only once unless she is toward the end of her time and working on particularly challenging questions, in which case a referral to the reading is finally appropriate."