Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed one hour of US History, again going over the major points from the Revolutionary War to the current time. I went decade to decade, major war to major war, and emphasized the Presidents during these eras and the major themes of each time period (decade to decade). She continues to improve in history. Then, she took two reading English practice tests. and got 18 out of 20 questions correct...a job well done. Again, she keeps getting better and better."
"Today the student did a great job taking a number of test sections. She reasoned through her answers, compared answer choices to pick the best one, and even marked, without prompting, a question she got correct but was not sure about. Good job!"
"Reviewed some test taking strategies-how to answer multiple choice questions-elimination process. Concepts covered were area and volume of different geometric shapes, probability of an event or a series of events, answering questions based on the info from graphs, percent an discount problems."
"Student has a very positive attitude but was working slowly today. We finished his reading assignments and then worked on two pages of math. He forgot the formula for area and that the units were squared, so we reviewed that."
"The student made good progress on his diagnostic test and completed quite a few passages, which I was very proud of. We went over taking faster and more condensed notes after reading the passages. We also went over how taking practice tests will allow us to familiarize ourselves with the types of details the test makers are testing for. I also showed him some websites that offer practice tests and video tutorials for the specific police department he will be applying for. These resources would be invaluable for his studying because the questions are geared specifically for the test he will be taking. The current review book we are using is a comprehensive prep book that covers police exams all over the nation. We are continuing to set the goal of finishing the diagnostic test by the end of next week and taking a full length practice test before the beginning of April."
"I met with the student and explained that if he was an expert test grader it would likely make him a better test taker. Focusing on the short response criteria of the exam, I asked him to read a passage retrieved online. The reading was a myth based on a spider. He read the passage, made relevant underlines as previously instructed, took notes that answered the short response question, and then with me graded four different student responses. At the end of the session, with his mom present, it was clear that he definitely understood the test from a different perspective and learned pertinent strategies, especially pulling text, like quotes, directly from the story."
"In today's session we reviewed more words, their definition and synonyms. We organized the words so that similar words were grouped together. A lot of words we went over the student was not familiar with, so we came up with ways to remember words. These are all words that would be useful to know for future standardized tests as well. So the student could recycle these word lists for later."
"The student had completed the problem set I had asked her to work on independently. We reviewed the problem set and discussed any questions that she had, including covering topics such as probability, similar figures, installment plan payments, congruent angles, and matching equation to graph. We then left the remainder of that problem set for her to continue to work on independently and moved into the math problems. She had questions about elapsed time problem, systems problem, travel problem, writing function from data in table, and identifying sign of the mean of a data set given positive sum. We discussed these thoroughly. I will attempt to find some additional sources of extra practice for her around these topics. She will be traveling with family over spring break and is to contact me after to set up further sessions. Her test date will be nearing by that time. Her effort and focus were terrific, as usual."
"The students completed word problems, arithmetic with decimals, identifying similar and different words, the grade appropriate half of adding and subtracting fractions, and created synonym flash cards. They remembered review work for analogies and math vocabulary very well. He needs a little work on neatly setting up math problems and she needs to work on rereading the harder problems."
"The student and I used this session to come up with a plan for how to study for her upcoming ACT. I had her work through a few problems in each category (Math, Science, Reading, and Writing) so that she could get an idea for how the test is organized and how the questions are worded, especially in regards to how they differ from the SAT, which she recently took. She had a lot of success with the Math and Science problems but struggled with the English problems. We discussed that she wants to practice these types of problems before her test so that she can get familiar with the new form of questions. She also expressed some concern over the time constraints, so she wants to work on that as well. I suggested she work through a few practice ACT tests with a timer, and I will be sending her a few retired tests that she can do on her own."