Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we went over reading passage questions, reviewing appropriate strategies for identifying main ideas that are making inferences. We also covered questions similar to those on the synonym/antonym and word list sections. For math, we discussed problems involving circles, radicals, sequencing, and the Pythagorean theorem. These topics will be reinforced during our final session on Thursday. I recommended the students look over the digital flashcards we created for the word roots to help them on the vocabulary sections. In addition, I left them with several practice problems similar to those we covered today."
"The student's biggest test is coming up in a couple of days. He has been a good student, doing everything I have asked him to this point. I've tested him on each subject, gone over his missteps and concepts that may have been foreign to him, and retested him. He is ready to go. I wanted to take it easy on him and just keep his brain active this session. We read through plays and screenplays, with him guessing what the characters were going to do or what had already happened. If the script was from a movie, I would reward him if his prognostications were correct by showing him the best scenes from those movies. I want to make sure the student doesn't feel bogged down right before his test, so we will continue with a light week as the test looms."
"On Friday we worked entirely on reading comprehension, as the last time the boys took a full length practice exam, they received very poor scores on this section. We began the section revisiting strategies for reading including initially skimming the paragraph, annotating the text, and circling or underlining key words or sentences before reading all questions, then finally answering and focusing in on more detailed information. Afterwards I gave them a written mock test of the section, timing them under the constraints of the test. Both students improved dramatically. We spent the remainder of the session doing online reading drills, and a sampling of reading comprehension questions from the text book."