Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today's tutorial was spent making introductions so that the student could let me know about her interests, her goals for our work together, her familiarity with the PSAT, and her course load and content. This information will assist me in refining a plan for improving her mastery of crucial PSAT skills. In this time, I gave a run-through of the PSAT's format and asked her to self-rate her abilities in different concept areas the exam tests. After this introductory conversation, we worked through critical reading and math PSAT problems so that I could gauge her abilities beyond her self-ratings. She articulated her approach to each problem, allowing me to hear how she interprets reading passages, eliminates wrong answer choices, and applies different formulas and math rules to common PSAT question types. I was able to preview her on some strategies that will help her, and she was able to identify several of her test-taking strengths and weaknesses. From there, we talked about methods we will use to prepare her for her exam sitting. One primary method is constant reading and analysis of readings. We are devising a document that we can add possible readings for her to explore. This will sharpen her ability to intuit grammatical and structural errors in writing, the primary skill tested in the exam's writing section, and to do similar literary analysis in the critical reading section of the exam. On Sunday, we will finish the math assessment problems and begin working on critical reading strategy in-depth."
"The student worked on a math section from an assessment practice test. We worked on vocabulary using flashcards. We also discussed the assessments in more general terms, including the tests' structures and the reasons for them, the reasons they are taken, and the scores that she should eventually be aiming for."
"We met each other and talked about how sessions would run, as well as what the student's goals are for tutoring. We worked on reading comprehension and some vocabulary. He is looking to improve upon his vocabulary knowledge. I left him with some words to learn for next time."