Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This student continues to do wonderfully. I had her do a timed section from each of the three main sections. She got every question right on the math and the reading, and she got only one wrong on the grammar. In order to keep it challenging, I had her do math and reading questions out of the prep book for today's lesson. She did a couple algebra and geometry questions which she had a hard time doing on her own; I showed her how to do them, so I know she is continuing to improve in these areas. She got almost all of the reading questions correct out of the prep book, but didn't put the right answer on one of the vocab-in-context questions, so we had a good discussion about paying attention to the nuances in meanings of words, as well as making sure to really consider them within the context of the passage. For homework, she has a few timed sections to do, as well as some preparation for the essay, which consists of looking more examples she can use for the essay on her actual test."
"The student explained that she is most concerned about the Critical Reading section specifically, and so we began with those questions. For sentence completion questions, she mostly works on detecting positive versus negative words based on the context. I encouraged her to instead look more specifically for synonyms and antonyms. This step saved her a bit more time when eliminating options. We also looked at the short passage questions, for which I explained the annotations I have my clients do. She seemed to do well with those. We also had to do a variety of think-alouds, and she clarified that she is typically fine for time. Critical reading questions took 1.5 hours, and with the remaining time we focused on math. She identified her weakness as being geometry so we went over specific geometry questions and ended up reviewing circles. I also emphasized the importance of reading questions carefully. She did much better with the problems when I forced her to read the questions out loud slowly."
"We started by reviewing the student's homework. First, we went through the math practice test section question by question, alternating between him explaining how he got his answer and my modeling strategies, skills and techniques for solving. He is very good at the math behind the questions, but he needs to work a bit harder on breaking down the sentences in the word problems so that the meaning is clear and the math can be uncovered properly. With practice, I am confident he will improve. Next, we looked at his writing practice work. He did a nice job with the more straightforward grammar questions, but we will spend more time in the future on parallel structure, subject/ verb agreement, phrases and clauses, and more. Finally, he worked on Section 9 of practice test one, in which he got some critical reading practice. The student displayed a need for better command of vocabulary and interpretation of phrases in context. We will work on these areas in future sessions as well."