Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"To begin our session, I tested the students on Latin word roots. Both girls expressed that they felt they needed serious work on the vocabulary portions of the SAT, but that it was hard to make educated guesses on the questions where they knew less than half of the words. Vocabulary flashcards have been helpful, but I felt they needed a strategy that went more to the source of definitions. By drilling the roots, they were able to develop the skills to deduce meaning on their own, thereby transcending the limits of blind memorization. We then reviewed the first five sections of a practice test, which they had completed prior to our session. They excelled in most of sections of this test but needed to review a few math problems (particularly those involving sequences and/or probability). We then reviewed the essays they had each written, which, I am pleased to note, are improving immensely with each session (I would have given each of them a score of 6). We ended our session by drilling a few more word roots and vocabulary flashcards."
"In this first session, the student and I got to know each other and spent time discussing his academic interests and perceived strengths and weaknesses on the standardized test. We then briefly reviewed his PSAT scores and scored his SAT practice test that he took over the Thanksgiving break. His critical reading scores were strong. I do not foresee having to spend another full session on critical reading before the test. I will continue to assign some critical reading homework to keep him fresh, but we will continue on to math on Wednesday."
"Standard first session. We had to meet at a local coffee shop. Went over my methods, what I expect, goals, some questions, etc."