Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We looked at Critical Reading question types, and we analyzed a strategy for each. The student and I did some "content/Humanities" problems, and I asked him to complete a CR diagnostic for me for next time."
"We reviewed through math strategy, and the student was able to recognize the three main plug-in methods. She was able to get through most of the difficult math problems, but she was a bit hesitant to follow some through (she was a bit on edge from school + the SAT). We wrapped things up by reviewing some vocabulary as well as some subtle grammar / writing errors. She did well on these, and when we went through the essay's organization, she came up with very fitting examples for example prompts. I believe she will do well, and she has prepared much to do so. Hopefully she gets a good night's rest in order to crush the test tomorrow morning."
"This was our first session and we briefly looked at the three sections of the SAT before focusing on the essay and vocabulary. We talked about how to write an essay, especially the parts of the essay and how to write an outline. We practiced outlining the essay with a sample prompt from his own experience. We next moved on to vocabulary and looked at vocabulary cards and prefixes. I advised him to buy a set of vocabulary cards or to use an online program -- the bottom line is practicing frequently. We took a look at sample vocabulary questions and used them to illustrate the process of answering these types of questions -- reading the sentence, looking for context clues, reading the answers, eliminating answers, and even guessing. I assigned him a sample essay, an exercise with prefixes, and vocabulary."
"I have validated another SAT Math practice test taken by the student. I have discussed with him to be confident and always use scratch work and calculator to solve the problems which will avoid mistakes."
"We covered a large amount of vocabulary words related to the reading test. Some of these words include imagery, simile, metaphor, personification, first person point of view, and biography. We also went over questions that the students had already worked on. We discussed the answers she got wrong, how to find the correct answer, and why that answer was correct. I had the student write down vocabulary words and their definitions in her own words to use as a study tool. The student did very well during the session."
"We reviewed vocabulary, and began the English " cheat sheet"- a list of tips and grammar sections he felt weakest on. We also reviewed the essay section in the book so that we went over those parts of the book twice now."
"The student and I worked on correcting the homework. There was a tough reading section that we went over. The student did a great job with elimination and going back to the text. We talked about getting to the main idea of the passage, backing up answers with details from the text, and avoiding extremes or generalizations in answer choices. We also spent time going over the grammar questions from the homework. Then we did a timed math section for a change of pace. The student only missed 3 problems and skipped 2. An inverted parabola problem was the trickiest, but once we figured out it was y squared, not x, we were able to get the answer. The student's homework is to complete 3 writing grammar sections for continued exposure and practice, as well as to keep working on his vocabulary."
"The student did a practice math section in preparation for her upcoming SAT. As we reviewed it, we were able to review several important concepts including combinations/permutations, factoring, quadratic equations, cubic equations, and advanced geometry (subtracting the area of one shape from the area of another). She appreciated the review, and she was able to apply her skills in new math sections that she did during the second half of the session. Before our next session, she will complete a full, timed practice test."
"We reviewed fractions and reading skills today. With fractions, we worked on both numerical problem sets and word problems. I spent a large portion of the session explaining the meaning of fractions to the student. will continue to emphasize the reasoning and methodology of arithmetic to her. In regards to reading comprehension, she is generally quick and sharp. I try to persuade her to explain her thoughts with each multiple-choice answer. Additionally, I try to each her as many strategies as possible for answering reading comprehension questions. Overall, she has a quick mind. I just have to keep trying to keep her interested in the journey of each question set, and not only the destination."
"Covered reading practice. Student does very well on the multiple choice. Also covered transversals."
"The student is working on the science section today. On another note, she is really excelling at geometry."
"Today we worked on the state assessment again because she has her last portion of that test tomorrow. We started with science because that's what her last portion of the exam will be on. She normally does well on the multiple choice but still struggles on the written questions. I think we will try talking about them out loud next time to show how we should walk through concepts and pluck out the right answers, not just vague responses. We then went on to math and worked on it without calculators. I think this really exposed the student's weakness, one a lot of kids nowadays have: an inability to do mental math. Because she can't work the numbers in her head, I think she has a hard time visualizing numbers and seeing how they fit together and, as a result, lacks the math intuition that works as a safeguard. From now on, we will work on math without calculators. We will continue on our work next week and incorporate more mental math and have conversations about written questions. I look forward to our next session."