"Today was the student's second day dedicated to math. However, we began with a discussion of the newspaper article she was to choose and read for today. She chose a piece about the situation in Gaza. I prompted her to extrapolate this situation to how conflict resolution occurs in her life, in a way she could write about for an essay. She understood the connections and will have an opportunity tomorrow to write the essay that corresponds to today's conversation. In this way, we are building up her repertoire of possible prompts that she can write to communicate sophistication, solid writing skills, and a grasp on important academic and cultural events.
For math, we went over three problems from her overnight practice that troubled her. Out of the twenty problems she was assigned, these problems were the only ones she missed, which is reasonable because they required some extra know-how beyond what we discussed in yesterday's tutorial.
After reviewing the homework problems, we continued our work on typical data analysis and probability question types that appear on the test. The student struggled a bit with concepts like figuring probability without replacement and determining simultaneous filling and emptying word problems. We spent most of our time dissecting these problem types until they were more comfortable for her. We ended by breaching the geometry portion of the exam, which we will continue with tomorrow. This is an area where she will need more assistance, so I am dedicating an entire day to it.
In the coming weeks, we will cover one of the remaining math concepts each day before focusing on the verbal, reading, and writing portions of the exam as the main focus for respective sessions. This way, she will not be inundated with math, though she will have constant exposure to concepts and reinforcement of her skills.
For extra practice (due tomorrow), she should:
- do problems 12 through 15 in practice test. (Located at the same webpage as yesterday's math assignment)
- Finish the introduction and conclusion paragraphs for her 'three stories proving three personal traits' essay."