Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In today's tutorial, the student and I focused on vocabulary building using root words, prefixes, and suffixes. She had a basic knowledge of several common word parts, which made inferring the meanings of unfamiliar words tangible for her. We applied this word root lesson to several common SSAT words and to three SSAT practice test readings. With continued practice, her handle on the list of over 75 word roots will grow, and she is off to a great start. After this, we focused on annotating reading passages, ensuring she understood what questions were being asked, and answering each question correctly. After practicing together on several passages, I had the student begin doing some timed passages independently. She performed well, missing only four of the 25 questions she was given. Finally, we ended the tutorial with more logic games to reinforce the active reading, relationship recognition, and quick decision making skills she has been practicing. For extra practice, I have asked the student to - Write 15 sets of synonyms she observes in everyday life. - Take 15 minutes to read the passages and answer the questions on pages 26 through 28 of the online practice test from which we have been working. She should be annotating the passage and using word roots to understand unfamiliar words before she answers the questions. - Rewrite last weekend's journal entry, so that it reflects the proper format for an SSAT essay and so that it conveys an important attribute she would want an admission counselor to know about her. We will review this practice work during our tutorial on Saturday."
"We worked on essay outlining and dealing with personal questions, math strategies, and verbal strategies."
"We covered Reading Comprehension. We reviewed the RC from the student's diagnostic before moving forward to test new sections. We covered 10 TYs in the practice book, worked through three articles from his favorite magazines, and then reviewed test approaches. We discussed highlighting/circling map words/transition words and then dividing the passage into sections. I will continue to ask him to point to sentences whenever answering RC questions. It is important he not summarize the passage in his mind and then answer appropriately, but that he be able to point to specific sentences that answer each question. He has all of the skills to do well on the test. He continues to impress me with his mastery of the assignments I give him for homework."