Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we started off with some challenge math problems that were based off of the work we did last session. The student did an excellent job at determining a way to solve them. We focused more on the reading section this time, since we had spent a lot of time on math previously. He consistently missed questions that asked about determining details in the passage and about how to use context clues to find vocabulary definitions. We practiced using key words and skimming to find details, and we practiced using context clues and chunking the text to find definitions. These strategies should help him for the next assignment. On this last test, he scored roughly a 690-720, which is anywhere from a 78-90 percentile. For math, he struggled a little with the idea of balancing equations and solving for one variable (getting one term by itself). Once I showed him how to do it, though, he was able to apply the concepts consistently. For this last math section, he scored around a 755, or about the 87th percentile. We integrated some vocabulary practice into the lesson, and focused on the words amiss, downtrodden, entice, fluster, and melancholy. He should be able to practice with these words at home so that he can keep them in mind. For homework, I asked him to complete the other math section, a new reading section, and 1-3 vocab tests, depending on how difficult he finds them (less if they're hard, more if they're easy). Overall, hardworking and quick learning student. Good job!"
"We reviewed and critiqued the student's first writing sample. I marked it up and explained the proofreader's marks and the issues I was flagging, with suggestions for improvement. We worked through SSAT practice tests. For Wednesday, I assigned chapters 4, 5, 7 and 8; the essay topic from practice test 1, and as many problems as he has time for prior to our next session. The student is very quick conceptually and has shown good aptitude for learning the logic of questions, and seems highly motivated and engaged."
"We began by reviewing the homework assignment I forwarded to the student. We made good progress as demonstrated by proficiency with the review sheet. We worked on math for an additional 30 minutes. We began verbal practice, which we discussed strategies and techniques. Our two best techniques are: 1) using the word in a sentence (context clues) and 2) trying to break down the word (looking for prefixes/roots). We reviewed the student's verbal section from the completed exam. We reviewed over 30 problems and the student fully understands the strategy. We discussed fun ways to constantly improve vocab and I left the student with a list of core words he should focus on. Next session will focus on analogies."