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"We began by working on some problem sets for math subject areas the student seemed to struggle with on the practice exam last week. I ran through multiplying/dividing fractions, order of operations, and fractionstodecimals with her, because she had a couple wrong answers in each of these areas. With each of these problem sets, we discovered that, with no timer/pressure, she clearly understands these three concepts. She just needs to remember to check her work, remain calm, and not to rush.
In contrast, she did seem to struggle when we moved on to percents. Specifically, there were two questions on the practice test dealing with sales tax. When the percents she was required to apply/solve were easy (e.g. 25%, 75%) she had no trouble, but the 8% sales tax gave her difficulty. I showed her a shortcut to determine 10% and 1% of a number, and the multiply 1% times the sales tax in the problem (such as 1% of y, multiply by 8, get 8% of y).
We then reviewed ratios, which she has studied before, but didn't recall, or didn't understand. I used the scenario of a ratio as a sort of "recipe," (3:2 is like 3 parts flour, 2 parts sugar), and that seemed to help. We then ran through a problem set on ratios, and she seemed to understand how it worked.
We finished up with some timed verbal section analogies. The student completed the problems within the time allotted, but left 5 of the 18 problems blank because she didn't know the vocabulary. We discussed, again, that she would need to prepare and review her flash cards. I told her we would begin the next session by drilling her on the vocab as necessary."
"We covered an SSAT upper level test from a text that the parents acquired covering vocabulary (synonyms) and sentence completion."
"In this session, the student finished taking his practice test. I noticed him putting more focus into his answer choices."
"Focused on the Verbal Section of the SSAT  analogies and word roots. Avery understands the basic concept of analogies, but there is room for improvement. She got approx. half of the analogy questions correct on average. As for roots, she seems to be picking them up fairly quickly. She just needs to consistently review them."
"This was my first meeting with the student in 2 weeks and she was very eager to get started today! She mentioned that she had some difficulty with the analogies and remembering the vocabulary words. I reminded her that she does not need to memorize every word she encounters, as there will be words on the test that she does not know and that is okay. She needs to familiarize herself with as many vocab words as she can, but not get overwhelmed with trying to memorize everything. We went over the analogies that she worked on for homework. We reviewed how to find the relationship between the two words and then look in the answer choices to find the choice that demonstrates the same relationship. I reminded her to keep it simple and to really focus on the relationship between the two words. We then moved on to math. She did a great job with decimals and fractions, so we started to work on problems that had unknown variables. I told her to plug in numbers for the variables in order to find the correct answer. We worked on how to choose numbers that make sense in the context of each problem. For homework, she should work on practicing the analogies in addition to her math work. As always, she worked very hard today and did a great job! Please remind her not to get overwhelmed by trying to do too much and that the more she practices, the easier this will become."
"The girls and I worked on negative numbers this session and we started fractions. The girls had never worked with negative numbers and were initially confused as to how to compute them, but they started to get the hang of it after going through examples. They still need more work with it, but they are doing very well."
"Today the pupil and I worked on reading strategies to help him raise his reading score. He took a practice reading exam, finished the test quickly and breezed through some problems he knew the answers to. We will continue to work on reading passages and strategies in our upcoming sessions."
"Today, we focused on reading comp and highly tested math concepts. We implemented a prediction strategy to help her correctly answer questions from nonfiction passages."
"First, I had the student work through a math problem set while I explained tips and techniques to her. For homework, I assigned a math set."
"We scored and reviewed practice test (reading raw score 22 / Verbal 27 / Quantitative 29). We then reviewed the verbal section of the practice test and also part of math, reviewing the arithmetic section. We finished with the reading comp section."
"For our first session the student and I went over the timing, scoring, and organization of the test. We did an initial skim over all the math topics he would need to know. We spend the majority of the time working on vocabulary. We talked about the verbal section, the analogies and the synonyms. We did several practice problems, and started making a vocabulary list for him to look over between sessions. We discussed the importance of prefixes as well as the elimination strategy. Next session he and I will look at the reading section, as well as add to our ongoing vocabulary."
"We worked on the Verbal section today. We went over the flashcards we made yesterday, and by the fourth time through the cards, the student was pretty solid on about half the words. She did the verbal section in her practice test. She was able to complete it in 15 minutes, half the time allotted for that part of the test, so time won't be any problem for her. She missed a bubble on the answer sheet which threw off her answers, so actually taking time to be more careful will be important for her. She did very well on the synonym part of the testshe's remarkably good at guessing the definitions of words she doesn't know and her first instinct is usually right. The analogy part of the test is less familiar to her and we'll definitely practice solving more of those."
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