Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We started today's session by reviewing the remainder of the diagnostic test I had had the student take during our last session. For each question he had missed, I discussed why the right answer was correct and what each of the wrong answer choice lacked or how they were mistaken. After we finished going over these questions together, I began a more in-depth mathematics lesson with the student, beginning with a review of principles of numbers and operations. Covering concepts such as number lines, prime numbers, factors, multiples, sets, and other properties of numbers, I would explain each concept in detail, then explain how it would most likely be used on the SAT math section. For most concepts, we then looked at a sample problem together to see how this information could be put to use. We then began to discuss algebraic expressions, which is where we will pick up next time. I would also like to try some more in-depth practice sets with the student, as he indicated he understood everything we were discussing as I went through it, but still seemed to struggle with applying those same concepts on his own. I want to ensure that he has fully absorbed the logic of mathematical procedures before moving on to more complicated subjects."
"We focused our session entirely on expanding the student's vocabulary, in preparation for SATs. Our vocabulary is suggested specifically for SATs."
"It was great to meet the student for the first time. He seems like a bright kid and he already has a lot of the fundamentals in place for the ACT. We began the session by going over his English diagnostic exam. He did ok but there was definitely a fair amount of material to cover. We discussed all the questions he got wrong, a lot of which were what I would call corner cases: Things I wouldn't expect the student to see too much but which are nevertheless useful for pushing him into the next score bracket (something you'll see once a test or so). We then worked on a practice exam which was great because I got to see the student's thought process on a lot of them. He needs to work on playing devils advocate and making sure the answer he is choosing is best. We'll work on reading and pay particular attention to commas next time."