Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Because we have spent the past two sessions focusing on grammar and vocabulary, we decided to spend our entire session today working on reading comprehension. The first reading was a TOEFL level passage on a science topic and the student did extremely well. She told me that she was feeling very focused and felt that the vocabulary was not too hard. She scored a 5 out of 6 on the comprehension test which is her best score by far. Our second passage was a bit more difficult. Even though she was intimidated by the vocabulary, the student was still able to determine the general meaning. We will need to work on her speed in the coming week. After she took the test, she and I went over the vocabulary in the passage that confused her. I have assigned her a vocabulary assignment for homework."
"We spent this session on time management for the reading comprehension section. When answering questions about a passage with no time constraint, the student does very well -- she clearly has good reading comprehension skills -- but she has trouble completing the section in the allotted time. I went over the types of questions that will be on the SSAT and assessment exam and how to approach them in such a way as to cut down on the amount of time spent on each passage."
"Today, for verbal, we covered: most common vocal and mnemonics to remember them by; root words; using context for words we 'sort of' know; POE; synonyms; analogies. The student is becoming expert in analogies. I hope he keeps up the strategies as the words get more difficult. For math, we covered: percentages and geometry. We spent a bit of time on percentages because he feels weakest in this area and because there are quite a few on the test. He is understanding them but sometimes gets tripped up with his multiplication. Homework: 1. roots and vocal 2. verbal, pp. 308-313 3. math, 389-395 4. Reading: 263-268"
"This was my first meeting with this student , so I used this session as a sort of diagnostic exercise. I also wanted to allow him to see the various types of questions that will be on the exam. He seems to be more comfortable with math, and struggles some with vocabulary and reading comprehension. I believe that this session was productive because he remained focused and interested in the material. We were able to explore a wide variety of questions because of his willingness to work. In future sessions, I will discuss testing strategy at length, but today I made an effort to only briefly mention tactics such as pacing and answer elimination. For extra practice, I introduced him to the online resources (which help immensely with vocabulary). I will begin to assess progress in the next few sessions. I am excited to move forward."
"We covered a lot of vocabulary work in our first session. We went over about 100 words and their definitions and contexts. We also did some work on analogies. They all three work very quickly and conclude an English section of a test in about half the allotted time. However, they are missing a large percentage of the problems. They are quite enthusiastic, generally well-behaved, and interested in learning. They took studious notes and worked diligently the entire session. I have encouraged them to read as much as possible (with a dictionary beside them) and to learn vocabulary at every opportunity they have. I have pointed them to the vocabulary list in the back of the blue SSAT book and some web sites. They are assigned homework of reviewing all of the material we covered in session today. Great work!"
"I administered the SAT test battery to determine where the student would need the most practice. I recommended the student get a study book to work on in addition to the SAT practice book, and his mother said she would help him with it during the week."
"Today student and I had a 45 minute session where we discussed the format of the exam, prep the last time around, and plans & expectations moving forward. I am excited to work with him! He's a quick, bright, and energetic student."
"Today the student and I worked on the math section of the assessment. We began by reviewing sequences. We practiced using the formula for finding the "nth" term in a series to quickly solve these problems. We then worked on arithmetic with complex fractions. These types of problems require really neat and organized work, and she improved on keeping her work neat as we practiced. We concluded by working on some probability questions. We talked about the strategy of sometimes calculating the probability of an outcome not occurring in order to more easily determine the probability of an outcome occurring. We also talked about differences in solving probability questions with dependent and independent events."
"We covered a math and verbal reasoning section of the SAT exam. We discussed where he was in mathematics, and strategic ways to attack the test. He is to read a minimum of half an hour each day and keep a reading journal putting into his own words what he understood from the text."
"Focused solely on word roots with the student as she seems to have a little bit of background knowledge in this area. Focused on getting through as many roots as possible and were able to make quite a bit of headway."
"Today, the student and I reviewed reading, including passage review, authors viewpoint, tone, theme and word context. We also reviewed synonyms and analogies and I left the student with some homework from the writing section."
"The student and I are focusing on verbal because she struggles a bit more with verbal than with math. We reviewed some of the vocab I gave her to study. We spent the rest of the session doing practice synonym and analogy questions. Our root studying has definitely improved her abilities on these section. I asked her to study her vocab list more before our next session."