Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During this lesson, the student and I reinforced the techniques we had worked on for reading comprehension and vocabulary, and worked on grammar/writing. I introduced him to a concept he really latched onto re: vocabulary - its often very difficult for students to think they "kind of" know what a word means, or know a root of a word and want to conclude the meaning of the word itself. While there is a time for making educated guesses (under certain conditions), during the first pass through the answer choices, I told him not to conclude what a word meant unless he would bet $50 that he was correct. This is a very cut and dry concept that allows students to better differentiate between what they know and what they think they know. He likes it, and it is working very well to allow him to improve his initial approach. For SAT writing, I have students code sections similarly to how they code for reading comp/vocab - the students must decide what is wrong before allowing themselves to be tempted by the SAT answer choices. There are several areas of weakness re: grammar, but we are covering them quickly and relatively comprehensively. Good lesson today. Additionally, I began integrating timed SAT sections into the homework."
"We covered circles, which he somewhat remembered; trig, which he's got down; a few area problems, which he's got; domain and range, which need work; and I, which he understands but needs to review."
"We worked on all three sections. He has improved in all of them, though I think he needs to work on geometry still and vocabulary. Next week is our last session."