Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student did a practice critical reading section, talking through her thought process as she went. We did not strictly time the section, as we were talking about the process. We discovered that she was very often recognizing the correct answer, but if she couldn't pinpoint why it was the right answer she was misinterpreting her instincts as telling her that it was the wrong answer and counting it out. Once we realized this, she tried choosing whichever answer "jumped out" at her and her score drastically improved on the practice section. We did the same with a writing skills section and her score was also much better. We will try a timed section next week."
"The student completed work on his graduate school admissions essays for the schools he is applying to. I edited a copy he sent me via email before our session, and worked on expanding and improving the essay and then started work on his other admissions essays. Scheduled another session for next Sunday November 18th, in which we will focus more on preparation for his exams."
"The student and I met for our first session this evening and spent the two hours reviewing his diagnostic test. We covered almost all of his errors, and we'll plan to review the remaining questions and the intro sections next week. I assigned him to read the intro to the writing section and to write an essay (practice test #1 prompt on pg. 208). He's a nice kid and a motivated student. His strength is in reading, and he enjoys writing also. I look forward to reading his essay next week and to working with him this spring."
"It was our first actual session! We went over ground rules to earn a sticker for our sticker chart and then ultimately a prize. His mom gave me a bunch of really great resources so we spent some time looking over what we'd be working on this summer. Then we did one page of a packet which dealt with adding involving regrouping and subtraction involving borrowing. We ended talking about multiplication strategies with the 9 times tables and 10 times tables. Great first session!"
"Student A is nearly finished with her level D books. She did a wonderful job reading "Getting Around the City" and answering the quiz questions. I also asked her to spell some new words, and we discussed how certain words have double consonants in different contexts/tenses, "cup" and "cupped," for instance. Student B read her e-reader stories and did the comprehension quizzes for each one. She is reading well and has little trouble sounding out words she is unfamiliar with. I asked her to double check her answers to the comprehension questions by going back into the text and making sure of her choice by re-reading the passage in question. This upcoming weekend, we are going to work on some upper level books."
"Worked on natural gas project. Ran pairwise vector autoregressions in R. Interpreted findings. Recorded instances of Granger causality. Based on observed evidence, planned to recast econometric model in first differences."