Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, we worked on refining his test-specific math skills and on developing his essay writing skills. For math, we focused mostly on percentages. We used the book's math sections to review level-appropriate skills, and I assigned homework for him. This week, he'll go through a few different math sections and complete the practice problem sets therein. I included straightforward percentage problems and percentage word problems. We did this because, although percentages aren't a new concept for him, he's not quite comfortable enough with them yet. We also reviewed mean, mode, median, range, and sequences. I taught him about special right triangles. He might see one problem on special right triangles, probably at the end of the math achievement section, so part of his homework is making special right triangle flash cards. He also completed another 30-minute practice essay. We used the sample question, "What scientific advancement has made the most difference in people's lives?" We discussed a couple of example ideas w/r/t structure, and we blocked out the time necessary for each component of the essay. He completed his essay, and we looked at spelling issues, creating a thesis sentence for every paragraph, using concluding paragraph sentences to refer to the essay prompt, and adding appropriate commas. He's getting good with the commas, and when prompted, he comes up with a good thesis and concluding sentences. Next week, we'll look thoroughly at commonly misspelled words. We also spent time looking at vocab. He did well at studying his words this weekend, so I asked him to finish his flash cards and continue to study his large list of existing vocabulary words. We'll add more next week."
"We worked on math, reading & writing. He did a very good job, and seems to continue enjoying using the new websites for training that we've been using."
"We worked on fractions, decimals, percentages, and algebra. I also gave the student more synonyms to learn (due on Wednesday). Overall a good session."
"We worked on every section of the ISEE. Overall, the student seemed much more comfortable with the material!"
"In today's session, we focused on the verbal section of the independent school entrance exam. We focused on Latin/Greek word roots and sentence completion."
"Today the student and I reviewed testing procedures and strategies, and explored last-minute topics in order to prepare for the following day's independent school entrance exam."
"We worked hard today. We focused on reading comprehension, and discussed tone and main idea (from her homework). We focused on how to find these, where to look, what clue words to be aware of, and so on. We worked to develop strong opinions based on the passage, and finding answers that work with that, as opposed to trying to force the passage to fit the answer choice which she guesses. She showed definite improvement. We then looked at an algebra problem, and moved on to sentence completions, where we worked on the same concept - finding the answer with clue words and logic, and then choosing the answer choice that matched most easily. She did well with this, although it will take more practice to truly establish it."
"During this session we briefly reviewed the math concepts we covered last session (the student was able to remember everything with only a bit of prompting). We also did a practice section (section 1) in which the student was timed, and we practiced using the scantron sheet. She made good time and was able to use context clues successfully to fill in the missing words in sentences. We also covered a few new concepts in math, specifically LCM, and perimeter. She easily applied these concepts to test questions. The student seemed to make good progress overall."
"In our session, the student and I continued to work through several practice problems to prepare for his upcoming test in mid-February. We reviewed a little in the vocabulary and reading sections, which he did well in, and more of the quantitative reasoning section."
"Went over incorrect answers in the quantitative section then completed most of a math achievements section together."
"Completed 3 sections on a practice test together 1 question at a time. Gave him a full practice test to complete before next week. Also went over new vocabulary words to learn."
"We worked some more on reading comprehension, which is coming along nicely. We are focusing more on vocabulary and also not getting tripped up or losing concentration when she comes across a word she doesn't recognize. Her essay writing is also really improving."