Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This time, we used two practice tests from the previous years. We worked our way through both of them and corrected them as we went. What really helped though was finding the specific areas and time periods she had more difficulty on and then taking a few minutes to explain the background. We also started another vocabulary sheet connected to many of the questions she had trouble even guessing at, so now she should at least have some background knowledge in the those areas. Starting next time, we should have her actual test scores so we can focus on the what she missed, which was only 5 questions short of passing."
"I started this session with reading comprehension, and the students used the test strategies we went over last time. They both improved tremendously on this area of the test. After reading comp, we moved on to basic geometry, including triangles, lines, and circles. I left them with formulas and special triangles that they can study and should memorize before the tests. Afterwards, I had them take a timed math test, and we reviewed the questions that stumped them. We specifically focused on situations in which questions try to trick you into doing more math (or more complicated math) than you need to do. We finished with grammar and style, and I had both boys practice correcting misplaced modifiers, which they learned quickly. For next session, I asked them to take a timed vocabulary test that we will go over together."
"Since the student took a practice placement exam over the weekend, we reviewed the vocab that she missed as well as going through a reading comprehension section that she didn't do well on. Then we worked on more vocab. I am still trying to impress on her that vocab is not just memorizing words, but understanding their context and when to use them."
"Today the student did some animal math, and made a counting game out of her Go Fish cards. She didn't want to do any spelling or reading today; I will continue to work on finding/ creating games that make spelling and reading more fun for her."
"The quantitative reasoning practice test the student filled out showed improvement from last time - he reached a raw score of about 875, or 50th percentile."
"We rounded out our discussion of arithmetic with fractions/ rational expressions, then went on to cover exponents. We spent the bulk of the session going over word problems to show how variables are defined and equations are established."
"This was our first session together. We concentrated on the reading section of the test and did some practice vocabulary and reading comprehension questions. I assigned one diagnostic test and 20 vocabulary words for homework."
"The student and I continued our substantive writing review, moving into pronouns. She is going to practice some of the verb and pronoun problems on the website before our next SAT meeting and continue drilling her vocabulary flashcards."
"We started with reading comprehension, which went fairly well. We also worked on analogies, which are continuing to be a strong area. We finished with math, which went very well today. The student got most of them right and didn't run out of time."
"I proctored the placement exam, middle level practice paper test. She was not nervous at all this time. She completed the sections ahead of time. She feels prepared for her test on next Saturday. I will grade the exams and share the results."
"We began the session with 2 practice sections, verbal and math, then went through the questions she got wrong, identifying the reason for each wrong answer and adding to her vocabulary list. We ended with another math section."
"Worked through sections of a practice SAT, including outlining a response to a sample writing prompt, and multiple choice Reading, Math, and Writing sections. Explained and demonstrated how to solve problems the boys had trouble with, and noted strategies and common test tricks as they came up."