Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I started going over the math subject review section in the test prep book. This section breaks up all the subject matter that the SAT math test uses. We spent the majority of the time going over the pre-algebra section. The other sections primarily include Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. It will be two weeks until we meet again, so he will start completing practice exams in addition to reviewing whichever subject matter he wants to improve on."
"We reviewed the student's homework from our last session and then spent some time on the English portion of the test, doing some timed practice sessions. I also had the student write the first two paragraphs of a writing prompt. He is assigned two sections of Reading Comprehension for homework."
"The student continues to have a very spotty time of decoding. He will sound out a word such as "scientist", successfully, and then simply guess at or have a very difficult time at decoding "flew". We spent the whole time reading, this time. In the end, what seemed to help was "choral reading". This seemed to do away with the problem of such slow decoding that the meaning is lost, as well as the questioning tone of voice when reading every word. So the modeling of "choral reading" may be the answer. I asked the student to read over, once or twice, following the "choral reading", and he read at a good pace and with a nice, natural tone of voice. It seems to get rid of some really bad habits. Much better!"
"Today the student worked on several geometry worksheets. The student reviewed finding the surface and circumference of circles and rectangles. Using that knowledge, the student proceeded to calculate the surface area of various 3-D shapes. The student also reviewed the formulas for surface area of spheres and cones."
"Today we covered Spanish vocabulary including school supplies and common household objects. The student is doing a good job conversing in Spanish. We also practiced math, working on division, addition, and subtraction and starting a unit test in the book. He has a good grasp of all of the 4 major mathematical operations (add, divide, subtract, multiply)."
"The student didn't quite get to blind review his last prep test before our session, but we were able to use the work he did to cover some valuable topics, including using numerical deductions in ordering games and how to see the limitations in the initial paragraph of text. Next session we're going to split between Logical Reasoning and Logic Games."