Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went over some of the vocabulary she has been struggling with. She has been working diligently on relearning the vocabulary she had forgotten over the winter vacation, so I commend her for that. She completed two timed math sections this afternoon. What we were most concerned with was that she complete the sections in time. She was able to complete both with five to ten minutes left over! She answered 24 out of 25 correctly in the quantitative comparison section and 41 out of 45 correctly in the mathematics achievement section. She also completed some reading comprehension practice and answered 20 out of 22 questions correctly and did so in an appropriate amount of time. We discussed how she feels about taking the test, as we have gone over all the content and she has had plenty of practice; I think that she finally feels fairly confident and is eager to do well. "
"The student read through a few stories in a book I brought to warm up a little (easier than his current book), then we read on alternate pages in his chapter book (I found this really effective last time so we tried it again). Then I had him answer a few written questions that I created about the two chapters we read, which he did great on. Finally, he completed another written "journal" for his summer assignment by writing five sentences of his own made up story. He did better with this and didn't need quite as much prodding to get the sentences down, just some coaching and guidance to help think of the next idea. "
"Tonight, the student and I covered the reading portion of the placement test. He had previously reported that he did not struggle too much with the reading section on his past test, so an overly thorough examination was not necessary; however, going over the reading section was necessary before attacking the science section, on which he does need some help. We did, though, talk about various strategies for time management and process of elimination on the reading test. Next time, we will move on to the science test."
"Reviewed previous material. The student then had me work through some problems with her that ranged again from fractions (improper fractions, mixed numbers, and how to simplify these) to dosage questions. We spent a lot of time on the basics of fractions, how to multiply, divide and how to arrange equations using common denominators, Least Common Denominator, and Greatest common multiple, etc. to handle various equations involving different types of numbers (ratios, fractions, percentages, decimals, etc.). Told her she needs to work on accuracy in multiplying and division and would be helpful to memorize multiplication table."
"The student was reviewing for an upcoming test. We practiced using proportions to solve for missing side lengths of similar triangles. We also practiced with the Pythagorean theorem and special right triangles."
"Today, we went over a few techniques to taking the multiple choice. Student was able to apply the technique to the practice test in the booklet. Student received a decent score on the test. The biggest struggle the student had to deal with was concept issue. The rest of the lesson was spent on explaining the concept of missed problems to the student."
"The student and I completed a worksheet about addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of integers. We reviewed all the rules regarding the operations and we were eventually able to get through a series of subtraction problems with no error. I told her to be sure to practice more problems of that type."
"The student and I went over polynomials and radicals during this session. He also needed some help with his homework/test corrections so we did that for a bit in the beginning as well. I also introduced a bit of SSAT geometry to him. He seems to be on track with his multiplication tables as well."
"Today we discussed the reading comprehension section and different strategies the student could use to help eliminate choices. We reviewed vocabulary and word dissection and I timed her on a diagnostic exam. She did well on the math section. We will focus on verbal questions and on analogy strategies next session. Homework: review vocabulary flashcards and word parts."
"I met the student for the first time tonight. He had taken the diagnostic and the PSAT. He is extremely bright, and picked up on the SAT strategies very quickly. Since we will only see each other a few times before the test, we agreed that he would try to take a full test each week between sessions."
"We went over the English test the student had done on her own. She did pretty well, with most of her errors being grammatical versus rhetorical. We went through each of her incorrect answers. I also had her complete the math section we had been working on, and we went over her incorrect answers and added up her points. She was pretty well-rounded between the 3 types of math questions. I asked her to go over everything we have done so far- grammar worksheets, spelling words, math formulas, etc. before her practice ACT on Saturday."
"In this session we worked on roots, prefixes, and suffixes as a way to build vocabulary. The student made notecards/flashcards that I encouraged him to use on a daily basis. He later told me that his dad helped him extend that learning by using the words in sentences. I sent him home with a practice test, and we talked about him taking this test within the next week."