"Today I started with the Student A. We focused on reading skills. I went over the question types that he should be looking for. We then talked about how to find the main idea, as this will help with finding the answer for all the various question types. We looked over a few sample passages, and I asked him to find the main idea. Then we looked at questions involving the author's tone and purpose. I told him to try to find key words in the questions that would help him locate where the answer would be within the passage. Finally, we looked at inference questions. These were a bit harder for him. I advised him that he can't actually look for the answers written out, as inferences are not written in black and white, but that he should look for answers that can be reasoned from the passage, and that these inferences should support the main idea. For homework, I gave him a set of main idea questions and a set of inference questions from his book of reading passages.
Student B and I began by looking over her answers to the practice verbal test. She did very well on the synonyms sections and did all right on the analogies portion of the test. I had her look over the analogies section and asked her what the strategies were that she could use when she didn't know a word or only sort of understood its meaning. She had forgotten these strategies so I went through them with her again and asked her to apply them to the questions that she had missed. She was able to correct a few of them, and I helped guide her through the reasoning to find the answers to the others. We then looked at the reading section. Like Student A, I told her to find the main idea first, as this is the key to answering almost all of the question types. Finally, we went over strategies for how to eliminate answer choices, including answers that are too broad, to specific, don't relate to the passage, contradict the passage, or include absolute language like always, never, best, worst, everybody, etc. I also assigned her practice sets on main idea questions and inference questions for her to do for tomorrow."