Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student had done a lot of preparation on her own before this session, so she was very familiar with the structure of the test and the kinds of things that she felt that she needed to work on. We talked a bit about how the test is set up and some general tips for taking the test and identifying the right answer (or sometimes the best answer if more than one is technically right). She read through a James Joyce short story to practice taking in a long passage and processing it as a whole. I wanted to encourage her to read actively and work on being able to identify the facts of the story (pure facts that come straight from the text) and some inferences about tone and relationships. She did very well, the only slight struggle, being the distinction between what is written directly in the text and what you the reader assume based on the facts. We had a good discussion about these things and then went on to do a short passage from a practice test. Again, she did very well with the practice questions, save for a few where she had to navigate between something that might be implied through the language but not actually supported by the facts. Hopefully she understands now how to spot questions like that and will not have trouble with them in the future. Between now and our next session, she will take a practice test to measure her time and diagnose what she needs to work on before the test. Once she does so, we will focus in on those things to fully prepare her!"
"We went over math strategies and new math concepts (foil, quadratic equations, factoring). I'm assigning work based on what we covered."
"The student took a 2nd grade level probe in math and reading today to track progress and determine areas of deficit. He scored 11 out of 16 on the math probe. He needs additional review in subtraction and checking for little mistakes. On the reading comprehension probe, he scored 10 out of 12 when the passage was read aloud to him. Next week he will practice reading the story and answering questions independently."