Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I began by going over the reading passages that I had sent to him. He stated that he had especially found the third fictional passage to be difficult. We went over the passages one by one, and I asked him some critical reading questions about each. He did well in understanding the main points of the readings - especially for the three nonfiction passages - and in identifying the author's purpose. However, he could continue to work on using context to interpret a given phrase or image instead of seeing it in isolation, and on interpreting implied metaphors and figurative language. During the second part of the session, the student and I went over the practice analogies and synonyms questions I had sent him. He did well in both in both of the sections - the few mistakes he made were mostly due to not knowing all of the vocabulary. Lastly, the student and I talked briefly about the SSAT essay. He said that he wanted to cut down on the amount of time he spent pre-writing, and that sometimes he did not make his thesis clear in his essays. I will send him some practice essay prompts, and he will scan and send me some of his practice essays to comment on."
"We covered vocabulary building techniques such as root words, synonyms and antonyms. We spent about an hour doing review of the structure and charge of words to make sure he can identify positive and negative relationships. I also gave him two reading comprehension practice tests to do, one literature based and one humanities based. Both reading comprehension and vocabulary need improvement."
"We spent all of today's session working through pre-algebra. It is always good to refresh on a subject, and it was beneficial to me seeing how he sets up, and solves certain word problems. There are certain types of questions the student has not seen in school, so we worked through approaches today building upon the pre-algebra knowledge he already has. There will be certain challenges along the way in laying out a quick, test-specific foundation for algebra, but he continues to pick up difficult concepts extremely fast. In addition to working through Math, we reviewed the writing sample he completed last week. We addressed my concerns, and I will reemphasize the importance of brainstorming before beginning to write his answer."