Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We timed the reading, verbal, and quantitative tests. We reviewed the results. Tomorrow we are going to work on like problems. We are working on getting her used to being timed."
"Both students are taking the assessment test tomorrow. I worked with them together on vocabulary then one at a time. Individually, we did a broad review covering each question type, working through a couple of pages from each section of a practice test. The first student did well with the vocab section -- his employment of strategies is getting better, and he's able to define or at least characterize most of the words. I gave the second student some upper-level questions, which were challenging, and he did really well on the vocab questions. Sentence completions gave us an opportunity to review and practice guessing strategies, and he did a good job with that. I gave them each practice with arithmetic quantitative reasoning problems, word problems, and quantitative comparison problems. We emphasized time-saving strategies. I gave the first student some difficult reading comp questions, and we talked about general answer types to avoid and timing strategies. The second student showed improvement dealing with passages. With each of them, we did a review of test-taking techniques and talked about a couple of last-minute things they could do to study: go over their vocab and review unit conversions."
"The student and I continued our work on algebra. He seems more comfortable with basic algebra. I'm confident that the more algebra problems he solves, the fewer mistakes he will make. We then went through the other questions from the first part of the practice test that he got wrong. He was able to correctly answer most questions. I encouraged him to check his work and go slowly on earlier questions, because they tend to be easier than the more difficult ones at the end. We reviewed concepts like radius, diameter, sum and consecutive numbers. We then worked on the verbal questions. Many of the questions that he answered incorrectly contained words that he was unfamiliar with. I encouraged him to try to find a part of a word that he knew, like the "devil" in "bedevil," to help him make sense of the word. I encouraged him to practice vocabulary in the build-up to his test and assigned that he look up words he didn't know from the first 15 questions of his practice test and use them in a sentence. We finished with the writing portion of the practice test. I asked him what he had thought of his practice writing sample, and we agreed that he needed more description. He also noted that he didn't use paragraphs in his essay. We talked about the standard 5-paragraph essay, and I encouraged him to adopt this format. I gave him questions like "Why do you like basketball?" and asked him to think of 3 examples to use as paragraphs. We also practiced thinking of introductions to these questions. I ended by giving him a sample essay to do for homework, "Who is your favorite basketball player and why?""