Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went over previous English II state assessment tests from previous years. He did well on both, but it was good to review some potential questions since some were very tricky and complicated. I am trying to cover every base with him, just in case. My assessment remains the same--unless something really unexplained happens, or he gets extremely nervous, he should pass this English II test comfortably. He is ready."
"Today we did math and I brought some really tricky problems. She will not need to learn about some of these things, such as simplifying exponents or square roots, for awhile but I thought it was fun to incorporate new tricks in our ongoing discussion of order of operations, which we've been doing for awhile now."
"He did awesome today and got every reading question right. I can really tell he is improving and has increased confidence. Equally impressive was has math practice. With a few weeks remaining, I know he is on track to ace this test. He is very prepared right now, so we just need to maintain status quo."
"In this session, I had the student focus a lot more on practice passages as a way to increase his mental stamina and familiarity with the questions. I also started timing him to see how his pace was; the student has no issue with time & often has several minutes left. However, I did notice that he tends to make known errors because he tends to rush. I addressed that with him & explained how 1-2 questions can result in an entire point change for his score. I assigned him to do a practice test before our next session so we can gauge his baseline."
"In this session, the student and I continued our work to prepare for her upcoming SAT. We went over a math and writing section she had completed for homework, and reviewed some general strategies she needs to keep in mind for her full practice SAT attempt."
"Session Notes: -Reviewed writing essay sections -Student 1 scored a 4, Student 2 scored a 4, and Student 3 scored a high 3 or low 4 -The student needs more in depth arguments and clearer handwriting -Student 2 needs to vary her arguments slightly -Student 3 needs to specify within his arguments in order to strengthen his paper -All need to increase their use of vocabulary a bi t-Completed a math multiple choice section -Discussed sequences and sales/percentages problems -Discussed triangle problems -Discussed using the math formula bank at the beginning of every section -Student 3 is performing very well in the math sections - if he slows down and concentrates, he will do very well on the test Session Assignments: -Complete one of every section for next weekend's sessions -Study vocabulary daily"
"To begin, we worked briefly on math, specifically going over more arithmetic concepts such as percents and probability and doing some practice questions. We then talked more about strategies for the writing multiple choice questions, looking at what the test takers want in terms of style (namely consistency, precision and concision). Finally, we worked more on reading comprehension, doing some practice questions."
"We reviewed geometry concepts and moved into data interpretation, statistics and probability. We covered pie charts, bar graphs, line graphs and scatterplots. The student completed a real SAT math section and we reviewed each question together. We discussed strategies, especially on the hardest questions."
"I covered with the student the reading section of TOEFL and covered factual and negative factual questions by going through some examples. I will assign her some homework. She needs to practice on reading by going through newspapers and articles, and also needs to improve her general knowledge. Overall she is showing a very positive attitude."
"The student and I reviewed a grammar worksheet about modifier problems and practice problems from the prep book with 8 Practice Tests. One of his challenges is multi-part word problems that combine different concepts, e.g. circles, squares, functions, exponents. He reports that his math class is currently covering a unit on piecewise functions. I clarified the difference in usage between a colon and semicolon and accordingly assigned for homework a worksheet about independent/dependent clauses."
"I continued to work with the student on SAT prep. We reviewed sections of practice test she had completed for homework, explaining the questions she missed and demonstrating the math problems she hadn't been sure how to do. We worked on strategies for math and reading sections of revised SAT and assigned homework for next week."
"The student and I reviewed critical reading sections she had had some trouble with. She showed that she was making good progress in understanding why she had gotten some questions wrong. We should continue to work on reading comprehension and building vocabulary."