Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I had a great session today. We took more time to go over the reading comprehension, and she will be taking another test by our next session. We reviewed her vocabulary words and she is doing quite well with them. Additionally, we discussed her having confidence in skipping answers with the reading comprehension, although it seems counter intuitive. We also discussed the steps of formulating an essay, and reviewed some of the prompts listed in the book. In our next session, we will focus in more detail on the essay portion of the test. She let me know that she does feel a little better about the reading comprehension, but is still very nervous about this section. She said that having steps to follow is very helpful for her so, in addition to going over the questions together, we wrote down helpful steps that she can study over before she takes the test. I asked her to take one last practice test (reading comprehension), review the portion of the book that deals with the essay part of the test, and to come prepared with any questions that she may have before we review it in our next session. Overall, we had a very good and productive session."
"The student and I went over the homework: she'd completed the reading test but not the math. Then I presented the basic test-taking strategies to practice when doing practice tests: 1) write down when the test starts, when it ends, and the number of questions 2) check the time every so often and if you're not where you need to be, speed up a bit 3) if you're sure or pretty sure about an answer, go for it 4) or if you can eliminate at least 2 answers, go for it 5) if you haven't a clue or can't eliminate 2 answers, skip it for now 6) if you have time later, use it to revisit the skipped questions and try to answer them. She did a timed math section and a timed verbal one. Homework is a math practice downloaded from a free site yesterday, and, if there's time, practice taking a sample writing test."
"Tonight was the last time the student and I will meet before her test on Saturday. We spent the first half hour going over a test from her workbook that she had already taken. She then took a real practice test with me to see where she was. She performed excellently and without error for the first 10 problems. However, she struggled with the last 15 problems and got about half of them wrong. I know she knows these concepts because some of the problems were nearly identical to problems I've seen her solve in the past. I told her at the end of our session that she should be reading over each question 2 or 3 times before trying to answer the question. I think this is the root of her problems, because she starts to solve the problem she thinks the question is asking before entirely determining what it is actually asking. I think she can do very well on her test on Saturday if she remembers not to rush, to focus on each question in front of her, and to read questions thoroughly and accurately."