Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We spent extra time going over the math homework I had assigned the student the least time we met. He struggled a bit with some algebra, but he began to improve after going through a few problems together. He is getting progressively better at solving mathematical problems quickly through abstraction, and significantly higher than his grade level. For example, when asked something like "There is a 90-inch piece of wood cut into three pieces, each piece being two inches than the piece cut before it. How long is the longest piece?" He very quickly sees that 90/3 = 30, and says that there is a two inch difference between each piece, the other two must be two inches shorter and two inches longer than 30 inches, so the longest piece is 32 inches. This is a very encouraging indicator that his capabilities are high. That being said, he struggles more with problems that require multiple steps to be written down, such as algebraic problems requiring substitution. Over the next few sessions, I am going to focus on getting him comfortable with writing down multiple steps, giving him mostly these types of problems for practice."
"The student and I went over some math strategies, including picking numbers and plugging in the answers, and discussed the top ten basic math concepts tested on the PSAT."
"The student and I worked on a bit of reading, math, and writing so I could get an idea of his strengths and where we should focus more attention. He did very well on the writing (identifying sentence errors) and math. We did not come across any math topics that he hasn't covered but I asked him to do a math diagnostic test to get a better idea. For reading, I told him to keep a running list of words he doesn't know because he has quite a bit of time before his test. We discussed word definitions in context."