Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed the analogy and synonym homework I assigned. She showed great improvements on synonyms, but had a tougher time as the vocabulary advanced. We went over strategies to try when you don't know the word and then moved on to math problems. I'm trying to let her work more and more independently so she gets used to taking the test by herself. She'll work on a section of problems, then we'll review and discuss after. She has math problems and vocabulary words for homework."
"Today we went over about half of the student's timed practice Upper SSAT test and then began to cover the topic of the SSAT Reading Comprehension Section in detail. He handled the harder material on the practice test very well and seems to be gaining in confidence quickly (he has also put in a great deal of work!). His math skills are particularly strong now that he is getting a feel for the style of the SSAT math questions. The main areas to concentrate on at the moment are building up his vocabulary, which is his weakest area, although he is putting in significant effort on this and already showing progress. He reads well but needs to practice reading quickly and strategically to maximize his points on the reading comprehension. We spent about half the session discussing strategies and techniques for approaching the Reading Comprehension section of the test in an efficient and accurate way to maximize points and will continue to work on this in the next session, while also bringing in Verbal Analogy techniques."
"Today we went through a few practice sections for vocabulary, exploring word meanings and techniques and then focused on word problems in the math section."
"We started off the session by going over the student's homework, particularly the math work he did. We discussed the importance of pacing and talked about the assignment. His re-typed essay was very well done, and it was easy to tell that he has started to take more ownership of his work. Next, we worked on reading comprehension and did some review exercises together. Then he did three more selections (12 questions) in 12 minutes and did a bit better with the pacing and utilizing multiple choice tricks like elimination. We discussed the types of comp questions before moving on to work with synonyms and analogies, the two components of the other reading-related section of the test. For homework, he will make arithmetic flash cards based on the list in the book, and will work the test yourself sections on math, synonyms, and analogies. Next time, we will review and practice, as well as starting another practice essay."
"Went over verbal analogies and sentence completion techniques and strategies. Session went very well and the next session will focus on the two Math sections in the SAT."
"The student is working hard on his assessment prep. We drilled vocab, worked on writing mechanics and formulas, and did some arithmetic."
"The student and I finished the practice test we began on Saturday. We did some reading sections from another test. He did well on the reading sections. We also began looking at some math concepts for overall review."
"We started a practice test and reviewed the answers. She only missed one on math, which is definitely her strong suit, and she was also very strong on analogies, missing only four. We're looking for the best way to build her vocabulary. She's creating flash cards as she encounters words in context for extra practice."
"For our first session, the student and I went over the basic outline of the assessment--timing, sections, scoring, and so on. We began with the Verbal Reasoning section. By going through practice problems, it was clear that she had an understanding with words that she knew but realized there were quite a few words that she had never seen before. We started to discuss the idea of word arithmetic and how to apply common stems to see if a word can break down. With the analogies section, she was quick to see the connections. We began looking at Mathematics questions also, which she was generally able to deal with well."
"We reviewed a practice test he completed. He continues to make mild progress on the reading comprehension and verbal sections. He is making vast progress in math."
"Reviewed how the student is doing in all subjects / Assigned writing assessment / Finished and went over SSAT sample questions"
"Continued focusing on Reading Comprehension, finding the main idea in a passage, focusing on specific information and so on. Also spent time reviewing some basic grammar and reviewing writing/essays."