Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During today's lesson, the student and I reviewed some of the essential math operations she will need to be able to perform with ease on the exam. These included adding, multiplying, and dividing decimals and adding and multiplying fractions. At first, working through these practice problems without a calculator (as she'll have to do on the exam) was slow-going. However, after a little bit of practice on each problem set, she recalled what she had learned previously and became more confident--and accurate with the numbers."
"Today the student and I started off with some reading comprehension. We worked with main ideas, tones and a historical analysis. It's great to work with the student because he voices his thoughts without me having to try and pull them out of him, and he's great with coming up with his own examples and re-wording things himself. We went through a vocabulary building process that really helps my other students, and it seems to be working with the student as well."
"The student and I started by reading the essays we wrote at the end of last session. I re-emphasized the importance of creating an outline or pre-writing as we found holes in his essay. I showed Nate how to fill the holes by asking "Why" and "How" questions to make the essay more concise. I also showed the student another example how to outline with the use of the pyramid, which goes from broad topics to specific examples. Next, I quizzed the student on prefixes and provided examples of words if he was unsure. He completed the verbal and analogy sections of the practice tests out of the workbook. Finally, I chose questions or problems from the math section that the student struggled with last session and asked him to rework those problems. He has great decoding skills and retention. He only really struggled with a few words in the verbal and analogy sections, so I used those words in a sentence for him to gain context and for him to visualize the word as a picture. The only math problem the student struggled with from the review entailed many steps, and he couldn't remember how to start to solve. We will continue to practice similar problems."