Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We looked at assessing the student's level of anxiety when working with vocabulary and written content. We also began dissecting text to increase reading comprehension. The student agreed to continue building her vocabulary with index cards. We reviewed homophones and the role they play in comprehension of the text. We also discussed increasing the number of sessions weekly with the assessment being a few weeks away."
"Today we reviewed critical reading and sentence completion for the SAT. The student is also doing very well on math. I gave him several of the hardest types of questions on the SAT today, and he understood several innately and was able to understand a couple more with only minimal hints from me."
"The student and I met for our second session today. We began our session by going over the practice SAT essay she completed for homework. The student did a great job with organization, essay structure and vocabulary use. While her examples were varied, we discussed how her thesis statement could have been stronger and how to include more analysis than summary in her body paragraphs. We then went over the three math drill worksheets she did for homework. The student has a good grasp of many of the topics covered, but there were some problem areas that we noted, particularly average/stats questions, some line graph questions and some of the algebra questions. We will cover these more in depth next week. Finally, we wrapped up our session by quizzing the 45 vocab words she memorized for homework. The student did a fantastic job with this! We tested her knowledge further by having her do some practice "best word" drills in the SAT book, and she similarly did a great job in this as well."
"Very good session today with the students -- over the past few weeks, they had done quite a bit of work, so we reviewed all of that. They both continue to excel in English & Reading, so we didn't end up spending too much time there. Looking at Science, we went over a few pieces of background scientific information that one might need to know for the test, coming from the areas of Geology (older earth will be further below the surface) and Chemistry (acids will have lower ph's while bases will have higher ones, as well as how to apply formulas for chemical reactions). Finishing with Math, we went over a number of concepts, including: how to use a radius as part of a right triangle within the circle, and others."
"The student and I started working on SAT prep today. We went over some general tips and skills for the test and then focused mainly on reading comprehension. We practiced paraphrasing, summarizing, annotating, and choosing answers based on the passage. I've given her some homework for the next week. She did a great job!"
"During today's session, the student and I worked on math to begin with. We went over what square roots are and how to find them. We worked through some basic square root questions. He began to understand the concept after solving and looking at several problems. After working on square roots, we worked on some reading comprehension. We read an article about an invasive species. After reading this article, we tied in other articles we have read about the subject. He did well tying in the other articles we have read. For the next session, we will work on math."
"I worked with both students today studying vocabulary, algebra and geometry for both levels of the ISEE exam. They are both doing well and we have the online portion figured out so I hope to see them more often so we can really get some good practice before their exam."
"We reviewed the Critical Reading section that the student did independently, focusing on questions she got incorrect to strengthen those skills. We then did additional practice of fill-in-the-blank sentences because those were particularly tough for her. Finally we completed another Critical Reading section, timing each part to get a sense of how long different question types took her, and reviewing the answers."
"The student is taking a mock test tomorrow, so we did practice problems in the English and Math sections. We started to do some Reading questions at the end, and we also spent a few minutes reviewing semicolons again."
"Today we went over distance and midpoint formulas, surface area of spheres, interest, sequences, and some number theory. The student learned the core concepts very quickly. Overall, this was perhaps our most productive session yet, as she quickly grasped many new concepts and improved tremendously in sequences especially. I've assigned her to study her SAT vocab in addition to taking a math and reading diagnostic before our next session."
"We tackled the last, and hardest, section of Citizenship Exam questions: geography and 20th-century history. The Cold War and World War II were hard to distinguish, so we went back to the booklet and reviewed the text. For geography, the student drew a map to help visualize America's position between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and between Canada and Mexico. This proved very helpful. Next session we will watch a video clip showing WW II figures such as Roosevelt and Eisenhower in order to make the memorization of names easier. We will then move on to the Civil War."
"Today we went through a practice test that the student took after our last session. We looked through the math sections she had completed and talked about strategies for answering the questions she had answered incorrectly. She had not started on the last math section, so we talked out how she would answer those questions and I helped her work through the harder problems. We also discussed the properties of exponents again, as a reminder. Between now and the next session, she will work through the critical reading sections of the practice test she was working on and I will send her two practice tests, one for exponents and one for geometry. We will spend the next session discussing the problems she had difficulty with and the passages she had questions over in the practice test."