Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student completed a practice quantitative section since our last meeting. Her score was about the same as her last attempt, although this test introduced more topics that were new to her than the last section she attempted. We spent our time going over the concepts she had trouble with, beginning with percent word problems. We went over how to work these algebraically before discussing methods of estimating and eliminating answers to conserve time. We also practiced consecutive integer problems. She had the most trouble with longer word problems and questions that introduce a lot of information. We looked these over together, and once we discussed identifying which information is relevant, she was able to correctly respond to a majority of these that she missed. She knows to reread all longer questions and use the answer choices to guide her work. She also knows to plug in easy numbers to work with when the answer choices contain variables. We did a brief review of slope-intercept form, and we will continue with linear equations in our next meeting. She will complete a verbal section before then."
"During our first tutoring session, the student and I began by discussing the structure of the SSAT. Then, after trying a couple synonym and analogy verbal reasoning questions together, she completed a forty-question verbal reasoning diagnostic test. She said that the test was much more difficult than she expected, but after viewing the explanations to the answers, she understood why she missed the ones she did. She already understands how to use a few test-taking strategies, such as process of elimination and creating relationship explanations for analogy questions; these will help her on the exam. In addition to these strategies, we discussed other ways to build her vocabulary and understanding of words. I emailed her several vocabulary resources and encouraged her to begin using these whenever she can in order to build her vocabulary and familiarize herself with word roots and affixes. She and I agreed that moving on to math during our next session would be most beneficial. It was a great first session, and I look forward to next time."
"Today the student and I practiced geometry and algebraic questions. He did very well answering majority of the questions with out difficulty. He is still scheduled to take the exam in November."