Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked through a selection of practice tests in preparation for her assessment test."
"MAT practice: We worked on strategies for questions with multiple bridges and reviewed practice questions."
"During this session, I continued to work with the student on preparing for his assessment test. He had a great attitude during this session and was very focused on his work. We reviewed the definitions for prefixes, suffixes, and roots again. The student provided accurate definitions and examples for each. We spent the majority if the session studying compound words and vocabulary words. He had no trouble identifying compound words. Using context clues to properly define an underlined vocabulary word in a sentence was a little more challenging for him. I had the student first identify the part of speech of each vocabulary word. Synonyms were given as his answer choices, so I told him that if he identifies a vocabulary word as a noun, then he can rule out all the answer choices that are not nouns and so on. I also had him replace the vocab word with each of the answer choices to see which word made the most sense in its place. He found these strategies very helpful and answered nearly every practice multiple choice question correctly."
"Per the student's request, we focused the whole 2 hours on SAT Critical Reading, two-blank sentences. She seems hesitant and shy about her abilities. We reviewed several methods to help for the highest level of these types of problems. I think the one that works best for her is having her try to write an answer in the blanks, then comparing it to answers, and choosing words synonymous with her own fill-ins. She had a high percentage of correct answers. Her incorrect answers have to do more with self-doubt than vocabulary. We will work to build up her confidence. She has better vocabulary than most others her age, and participates in educational fun activities such as watching Jeopardy! I asked her to participate more, and suggested crossword puzzles and word searches to help stimulate vocabulary building for her."
"The student and I worked through approximately 30 SAT math questions, 15 SAT vocabulary questions, and 20 SAT grammar questions. On the math section, we focused on algebraic expressions, systems of equations, ratios, and probability. She did well on the majority of the questions, although she struggled some with setting problems up. On grammar, we discussed comma placement, unclear antecedents, passive voice, and noun-verb agreement. We also discussed the essay she completed and came up with a source list (including literature and current events) to pull from for future test essays."
"We went over verbal test strategies (looking for point of passage or the main idea, speed reading practice, and vocab flashcards). We focused mainly on math concepts. For study skills, I mentioned trying the AP Bio practice tests to find her weak points, and then making flashcards for those specific parts. Also, practice tests for the SAT will help focus in on what type of problems might be the trickiest."
"During this session the student and I went over his PSAT report. He did very well when he took it in October - scoring above the 95th percentile in every section. And so we went over the more difficult questions that he got wrong. Primarily, we covered word problems and advanced algebra in the math section. We also went over the writing section. When he took it in October, he had never been over the rules of grammar, and some of the questions that he got wrong reflected that. Since then, though, we have covered many of the major grammatical rules, and he seemed to instantly pick up on the reasons why some of his past answers were incorrect. He is clearly showing dramatic improvement and in our future sessions we will continue to increase his test-taking skills."
"We went through each of the sections of the ACT. For English, we focused on punctuation problems. The student did really well here; this section is clearly her strongest. For math, we did some algebra problems, coordinate plane problems, and some trig and geometry. Going forward, we want to focus more on the latter two. For reading and science, we worked on a passage for each and answered the corresponding questions. Again, she did really well. Going forward, I want to focus more on timing so that we have an idea of how she performs under this constraint. I will be sending her a math formula sheet, a grammar sheet, and a practice test that I would love for her to take under timed conditions (Do at least each section timed, if you don't have time to take the entire test under one sitting). This is for her to get an idea of how she will do under test conditions. We can go over any questions she didn't understand when she completes it. Great first session!"
"The student and I looked at different practice questions for the SAT Critical Reading. She seems to be struggling most on vocabulary so we agreed to look at the list of SAT prefixes, root words, and suffixes. Otherwise though, she has a great grasp on the material and can usually get within two."
"Reviewed PSAT scores, recently arrived. We discussed that her score in English is actually a pretty solid place to start. We looked at the score breakdown by question type. We reviewed last week's assignments, discussed vocab & context clues in news article, discussed SOAPS (speaker, occasion, audience, purpose, subject) as reading comprehension tool and practiced SOAPS with an article. We worked on word roots as vocab. We focused on general strategies for the overall SAT and the Reading test: Process of Elimination, Letter of the Day, pacing, the Basic Approach for the Reading test. We established goal raw scores for Reading and Writing sections, and personal notation for POE. We also practiced Basic Approach with a sample passage; I assigned further practice and reading as hw."
"I worked with both students today. With Student A we spent about half of her time working on her vocabulary and the other half working on her math skills, particularly area. She is doing well but she does struggle with her math skills at times. She is able to recognize visual patterns and cues so that is very encouraging. With Student B, we spent just a short time reviewing the five major mathematical sections of the test and we discussed some strategies for the future and how we can approach those sections in the future."
"Today the student and I worked on both an SAT and ACT practice test. We spent half of our time on the ACT and half on the SAT. For the ACT, he and I worked on the Math and Reading sections, while for the SAT we worked on the Writing/ Language Arts and Math Non-Calculator sections. He told me that he had never taken the ACT before but he did pretty well seeing it for the first time. He has a good baseline for the ACT right now and we will continue to improve as we go along. On the other hand, he struggled with the Writing/ Language Arts section of the SAT. This is a section that we will devote extra time and attention to as we have more and more sessions. He prefers math and he did not struggle at all on either the ACT or SAT math sections."