Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I met with the student at the library at 5:50 pm and tutored until 7:20 pm. She is a very bright and polite young lady looking to pursue a university degree in Special Education. We covered general SAT information, including test taking strategies and study skills. We did a basic overview of the math section, including geometry, algebra, statistics, and number theory. We also reviewed the equations, formulas, and math theory that you need to memorize for the SAT math. I left her with a copy so she could work on learning the formulas. I printed out a 100 question diagnostic math exam and asked her to review it and look for some problems she has difficulty with. I also gave her the answer key to the diagnostic so she could compare her results. She shows strong math skills; however, she has trouble setting up word problems into solvable equations. She also struggles with extrapolating the necessary data from problems. These problems will become less of an issue as she practices more and more math SAT problems. We will plan to focus in these areas in upcoming review sessions. She also said she's been having trouble with the essay section of the PSAT's, I gave her some tips on essay writing for standardized testing. We plan to meet again next Wednesday at 6:00 pm."
"The session began with a check of the students' homework on analogies. They did well, though they were reminded to read the choices first and examine the relationships of the pairs closely before comparing to the initial pair presented. Next, we looked at the essays the boys rewrote. These essays have developed nicely, with only a few tweaks now needed to make them examples of the boys' best work. Then we spent some more time on word arithmetic, as vocabulary continues to be a challenge for both students. After a brief oral quiz on stems, the boys completed an exercise on determining the meanings of words based on the meanings of their parts. We will work more on this next time, as the boys will study stems for homework. Finally, we got some critical reading practice by engaging in an exercise from the test prep book that features two related passages. We worked together to read instructions first, then the questions and choices (being sure to notice line numbers and other key words). Next, we read the passages aloud with the boys searching for clues while listening. Then they worked on answering the 11 questions, of which they got 8 correct. They did well on some very difficult questions. We will practice this more next time as well."
"We practiced a few hard math problems. We worked on identifying the author's tone on the two passage questions. We followed that with vocabulary drills."