Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student's class had completed a unit test right before the start of winter break, and I am pleased to report that she got a little over the desired 93% to bring up her test average and her grade significantly. Because we are now caught up with Calculus, we decided to work on SAT prep for her January exam. She had taken an SAT preparation course over the summer. We still devoted time to addressing Math questions specifically along with general time saving tips. I showed her my circle numbers, underline units, and box relationship words (CUB) method for approaching word problems. For our next session, she was assigned test sections, although we agreed that if she has covered new material in the two days of class, that we will forego test prep because our primary focus is Calculus."
"The student and I spent most of this session continuing to cover strategies and skills for getting through the Passage-Based Reading questions. We began by talking about the two sets of passages that I had asked him to work on for homework. He expressed that the set of brief paired passages had particularly challenged him because the majority of the questions on it required him to interpret and compare both passages, as opposed to just one; he therefore had trouble using either the "scavenger hunt" approach or the technique of reading just enough to answer one question at a time, and then returning to the passage. We practiced identifying points of agreement and disagreement between paired passages, and using the overall emphasis or tone of each passage to help rule out answer choices that attribute familiar phrases, arguments or tones to the wrong passage. We also reinforced the distinction between reasonable assumptions for a student to make based on background knowledge and, on the other hand, the author's or a character's view as stated or suggested by the text. He opted to go over the longer, single passage from his assignment rather than to practice another set of paired passages right away, so we'll come back to paired passages in our next session. After going over some ways to identify tonal and logical cues and to determine the main focus of a passage or paragraph, we therefore started working on vocabulary enrichment. In particular, we looked at some of the common prefixes and roots that occurred in the words, and developed a preliminary list of additional example words that used them."
"We did a review of the diagnostic test. We went over and re-did any incorrect problems using different methods. The student practiced outlining for an essay."