Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today was the last session I have scheduled with the student. We went over her test, which went really well as she only missed a few questions. However, to make sure that the test isn't just too easy for her, I got her to print out a practice test online for her to go over before the test. Her vocab is still a bit weak, but the book she is using could greatly improve her skills if she puts enough work in before the test. We also spent time going over her essay skills for about 45 minutes, and I showed her where she is having issues in terms of outlining and arguments which she needs to think about a little more."
"Today we continued to review what I've been teaching the girls and started working on becoming comfortable with the timing of each section. The students were engaged and attentive."
"The student and I started this session by going over a few questions she had about math concepts. We went over how to find mean, median, and mode, as well as the radius, diameter, area, and circumference of circles. She took notes so that she would have a cheat-sheet to study before the test. We also went over the reference information that will be included with each math section (some formulas, special triangles, etc.). I then had her outline a practice essay. She and I went over how she can cut time from her outlining process, by focusing on coming up with examples instead of writing and erasing everything perfectly and neatly. We also talked about writing parts of an outline with gaps on the actual essay response, to avoid having to write complete sentences multiple times. I then timed the student as she went through a few passage-response questions. She is very methodical at reading and re-reading parts of a passage to get the right answer. We talked about the need to find a compromise between being 100% sure about an answer, and saving enough time to get to the rest of the questions. She understands that eliminating even one answer choice increases her odds of getting points on a question, and that it's better to make guesses after eliminating some options than it is to just leave a lot of questions blank. For homework, I asked her to complete three timed reading comprehension sections, and we will continue to work on getting a feel for the right compromise between speed and accuracy to maximize her score."