Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student didn't do his practice SAT critical reading timed section, so he promised to do so for next week's session. We went over how to identify the main arguments of a piece using an essay he printed out about the famous Iwo Jima photograph and practiced reading questions he was having a hard time with by focusing on using evidence from the text to determine the most correct answer."
"In my first session with the student, we used her school program to review topics for the upcoming exam. We first reviewed the differences between clauses such as participial vs. gerund, main vs. subordinate, and strategies to quickly identify the differences. I modeled the thought process aloud for her as we discussed the practice quizzes, and then she would try a quiz on her own. She showed improvement on all sections. The student committed to completing two more topics on her own before our next session so we can track her progress in preparing her to pass the exam."
"In this session, the student and I worked on reviewing the critical reading section of the test. We first covered some basic reading strategies, such as underlining things that stand out in passages to help him focus while reading. I also encouraged him to paraphrase the key ideas in the passages to help narrow his perspective when answering multiple choice questions. These strategies, combined with the process of elimination strategy for multiple choice questions, seemed to be helpful. We also went over strategies to determine how to narrow down options in the vocabulary section. I left the student with more practice on both of these question types and asked him to time himself as he completed this homework."
"The student and I completed two sessions preparing for the science section of the GED. We went through two of four sections as outlined in the GED prep book. He was incredibly adept at using context clues to get the answers when he had gaps in knowledge. I'm very satisfied with today's progress."
"During today's session, the student and I continued to work through practice problems taken from released exams. She continues to perform well. I look forward to intensifying our study and narrowing our focus to maximize her score in the coming weeks."
"I covered sentence completion with questions from the first practice test in a SAT Study Guide. The student had already adopted the strategy of narrowing the choices by eliminating one or two. We reviewed five examples to introduce context clues as a strategy for dealing with unfamiliar terms. We established a plan for the student to study a list of vocabulary words between sessions. The mother of the student agreed to forward PSAT scores for reference."
"He began session saying he would like to work on geometry for GED. We reviewed basics, including areas and volumes and a Pythagorean theorem application problem. The student contributed to and followed the discussion well. When we meet again we will resume problems from practice test sources. I have several of these and the student has a practice book."
"The student and I reviewed his rounding/estimation additional practice for homework assigned during the previous session. He correctly answered all of the questions with the exception of two. We discussed the difference between when to round/estimate and when to find exact answers. I also modeled for him how to round before and after performing an operation. We then completed our lesson for the session today on data and graphs. We discussed the types and functions of the following: tally charts, bar graphs, line plots, pie graphs, and line graphs. He practiced a few questions for each type of graph, and I emphasized that it is important to label the values directly on the graph. I reminded him to continue to use his know/find problem-solving strategy as well as identifying and highlighting key signal words in word problems. I assigned additional practice over data/graphs from his workbook and 20-30 minutes daily practice online through a website."
"We went over the questions that the student missed when taking practice tests between our sessions. Then we went over some passage-based questions relating to tone and some questions from the writing section involving sentence structure and grammar."
"The student said he wanted to study for the subject test in math, so we spent our time doing that. His proficiency with the problems was very high. We went over a number of important strategies, like using simple examples to test formulas and how to look for methods of solving problems, and by the end of the session the student was solving the challenging problems with little trouble."
"Her scores are improving. We need to work on tightening the essay writing section of the test to ensure she follows through on her thesis and uses relevant examples."
"Selected review topics/gave general assessment from review packets: Algebra 2, Trigonometry, and Exponential/Logarithmic Functions. Began review on calculating percents, radicals, simplifying variables with exponents and polynomial operations, and function compositions."