Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We started the session with a review of the vocabulary that the student memorized for today. I quizzed her on definitions and word use and she did very well. It was obvious that she had been studying. We then moved on to a lesson on root words and I gave her an assignment to complete for Thursday. We finished the session with some grammar questions and a reading comprehension passage that we will complete next session."
"We ended up splitting this session in two over two days, so the first day I only worked with student 1. We went through some more math problems, including an intensive review of functions based on one of his homework assignments. We also looked at two of the most important strategies for the reading section - coming up with your own answer before looking at the choices and tying answers back to specific language in the passage. Student 2 and I then worked on these same strategies Thursday, while all three of us also looked more in detail and how to approach main idea questions vs. inference questions vs. specific detail questions. We also went back over the verbal section to see what we could learn about the analogies without stressing over vocabulary with such a short time to prepare."
"The student worked on his roots and vocab for homework but didn't do all of the practice homework so we worked on it in together. We began the session looking at the root words and vocabulary words that weren't sticking for him. We tried to come up with mnemonics for each. For synonyms today we covered if you know the word, come up with your own definitions before looking at answer choices AND if you've heard of the word, put it in context. Analogies: practiced homework problems Math: We reviewed some of the basic math concepts on the test but spent most of our time on percentages and percentage word problems. Reading: We reviewed the strategies and tried our hand at two reading passages with questions. He did very well. Homework: 1) Toots 11-20 2) Vocab, second column 3) Syn: drill 12, pp 230-231 4) Math: p. 68, #'s 7-9 AND p 79, 1-20 5) Reading: pp. 263-268"
"Today we again spent half the time on Math, half on English. We worked on word problems in math, and did a short review of percents, which she did very well on. She also practiced writing an essay today. We also practiced a few reading exercises. She did very well today in all aspects."
"We covered math, reading, and verbal. He did sample sections in math while being timed to give him an idea of how long he has to do each problem. Then we did practice passages and practice synonyms and analogies. His synonym use have improved a lot. He does very well with math when he applies himself."
"The student did well as we continued to practice analogies. I encouraged him to spend more time figuring out the relationship between the first two terms before jumping into the answer choices. Once he does this, he's able to figure out the answer. This process is the hardest aspect of analogies, so he's in good shape. Moving forward, vocabulary will be another area of focus."
"Worked on the geometry section of the SSAT. Focused on formulas and solving equations using formulas, angles, triangles, circles, and strategies to selecting the best answer choice by estimation. The student worked extremely hard; he is never afraid to ask a question or persevere in finding a correct answer. Awesome job!"
"Spent a little bit of time on roots and then focused on geometry - specifically finding perimeter and area."
"We worked on Math - word problems, geometry, algebra, and setting up equations. In Verbal we went over analogy, developing bridges between words, and vocabulary practice."
"The student and I practiced again for the Reading and Verbal parts of the test. The first Reading test he took, he got a 26. The student was worried because it was not as good as his first score, so we did some research and found the average scores for each area of the SSAT Middle for 5th Graders. Once he saw that he was still well above average, he felt a lot better. We took a break and did a practice Verbal test. The first Verbal test that he did a week ago, he had a score of 21.Today, his score was 33. He flew through the analogies section of the Verbal. Again, we looked at the average score for 5th Graders, and the student felt a lot better about his score. We finished with another practice Reading test. the student scored 30.25, which he was very pleased with. I wished him good luck on his SSAT."
"The student wanted to continue working on the upper level practice questions since they are very similar questions with slightly harder math for the most part. I wanted to focus on the student's pace to make sure she didn't make mistakes when she feels pressed for time so I timed her. I gave the student one minute at a time for each of the first five questions and we reviewed each after she completed it. I gave her a six minute block for the next six questions and then we reviewed. For the final 15 questions I gave the student a 20 minute block (given that they were upper level questions). We stopped after 15 minutes and went through the questions together. The student did surprisingly well with the upper level questions and I am hoping that when she does the middle level questions I assigned her for homework, they will seem easier and she will approach them more calmly. I assigned the student a number of math practice questions, including a large block of percentage questions since she is still struggling with that. I also told her that she needs to study her roots every day as I will be giving her a test on defining words when I see her next."
"Since this was the final meeting before the test, we reviewed the strategy for the test, namely to bolster the math and reading scores, pacing, and review time. We then reviewed a reading section from the study guide and proceeded on another few, which the student did extremely well on. We then used some online resources, which I had come across earlier in the week, to review vocabulary. He took to the electronic flashcards and sample vocabulary tests. Having the percentile scores at the end did wonders for both explaining exactly how percentiles work and for building his confidence in obtaining a sufficient score. I showed him how to access the online materials for both verbal and the other sections and gave him some marching orders for studying. I told him he was ready and advised his parents on the same thing. They have promised to contact me once they know the results of the test."