Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This was my last session with the student, and I think it went very well. We started by going over a verbal practice test she had taken on her own. We found definitions for all of the words she had missed so she would not miss them again. We talked about strategies for figuring out the words she had never seen, as well as guessing strategy (don't guess unless you can narrow down the answers to 3 or fewer!). Then we moved on to a math section. She was able to answer most of the questions with no problem. I suggest she go over how to work with percents this week, as she saw on this practice test they come up a lot. She did well on the math section, but we did discuss timing and guessing strategies for this section too, as well as how to work with the answer choices to save time. I think she will do very well on the test if she stays calm and takes her time reading."
"Tonight the student and I went over a practice test that he and I started yesterday. I decided that for the reading portion, we would work on a practice test and focus more on strategies than on actually completing a test. I believe this was helpful. He seemed to respond well. I spoke with him about different ways to eliminate extra time spent on reading impertinent passages. We then switched our focus and talked more about the ways in which he can eliminate answers that make no sense in the context of the passage. This provided a good transition into discussing analogies."
"Today, we focused mainly on vocabulary and math. We started the session by reviewing her flashcards from the previous session. She was able to successfully remember the definitions (with picture cues). Then, we discussed more words and their definitions. These words were a little more difficult, but she was able to think of a real-life situation to correspond with each word. After reviewing those words again, she went through all her flashcards and reviewed the words. Except for 2 words, she could successfully recall the definitions of each word (using picture cues). Then, we spent a large chunk of time on synonyms. We ended with math and worked mostly with algebraic expressions including squares and percent change. We also worked some problems with graphs, and I was glad we did because we had not spent much time on interpreting graphs. She did fantastic on the math and attacked each problem with a very critical eye. She was willing to persevere through the longer problems and thought of some great strategies to solve each problem. I was really impressed at her thinking skills. Her attitude was very positive, and she worked the entire time with minimal promptings. We used several strategies: elimination, plugging in the answer to solve the equation, make a sentence (for synonyms), visual cues, and draw a diagram. At the end, we reviewed major test-taking strategies and what to do if she encounters various scenarios during the test. I am very proud of her, and I wish her the best of luck on Saturday!"