Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student is bright and was able to jump right into things; she was just a bit rusty at the basic, long-unused math skills. Once we pored through several different kinds of problems, she realized that the math isn't complicated, but rather the specificity of the questions is what is at issue. We practiced several time-saving strategies, such as plugging in for algebra and plugging in your own number for various algebraic/ geometric problems. She picked this up quickly enough. I will send her some additional practice, and I recommended that she check out a website for more exercises."
"Today, the student and I continued working on the reading and writing portion of the SAT. We began with a vocab quiz and reviewed his homework. We further discussed strategies for passage-based reading, and I encouraged him to take more notes as he reads to ensure that he is "actively" reading. Overall, he seems to be doing well and employing the strategies we had talked about. We then moved into the writing section. We talked about the general format and did some practice with improving sentences and identifying errors. Next lesson we will look at improving paragraphs and the essay. In the meantime, he has been assigned an essay, vocab, and some practice questions."
"This was my first session with the student. She had gone over numerous practice tests in the past with her previous tutor, so she is no stranger to standardized testing. I shared some common test-taking tips with her (sleeping habits, bringing a jacket, eating well, skipping questions that confounded her in favor of those she could easily solve, etc.). This particular session we took our time and focused on the math tests. I reviewed properties of triangles and circles, area/circumference of circles, area of triangles, ratios, number lines, inequalities, and how to manipulate exponents. As far as assignments go, I strongly recommended that she complete at least three practice tests and that she times herself. That way, we can at least get a benchmark to work off of."