Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Introduction to SAT structure and format. Completed and reviewed preliminary practice testing sections in Math and Critical Reading. Discussed testing strategies and tactics, as well as methods to manage test day anxiety."
"Started off by going over problems on a homework practice test that she couldn't figure out. I wanted to get a sense of how she was doing on timing, so I gave her a timed 20 min section. She said she was done with eight minutes left, and said she marked the ones she didn't know how to do. Most of the time when she skips one it seems just a matter of writing out the equations of what is given, and then she'll get it. Other times it's a matter of interpreting the words into equations properly. Some are just plain tricky. We highlighted some areas for her to review, and I gave her the remainder of the practice test I had today for homework so she can point out other problems that are difficult for her during our next session."
"We worked on the "Arithmetic" portion of the ISEE prep. We talked about both general testing strategies (recognizing which questions to complete first or leave for later) and math testing techniques."
"We covered explanatory and response variables, correlation and causation, regression, and residuals. We worked on starting problems by drawing whatever information we can draw (mostly in graphs for this section) to help visualize the problem."
"I pushed the student to create questions and to use an exclamation mark as well. The student did a good job spelling the words for his sentences phonetically. Next, we reviewed his high frequency words. The student only missed 4 words from the first grade list. Next, we read a few books. The student sometimes struggles to instantly recognize words in books that he recognizes well when we review flash cards of high frequency words. My plan is to read books that are mostly made up of high frequency words next session. The student was able sound out unknown words when I prompted him to segment it. He also used the pictures to assist him."
"This was a very solid lesson! I helped the student get started on a program which involved recreating the "string" object by implementing lots of functions as defined by a header. He has a lot more work to do, but I helped him understand how he's supposed to go about it, plus lots of technical stuff, so hopefully he can finish himself."