Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on the math section today by completing all three components of a practice exam. After observing him solve the problems, it's evident that he has great knowledge of the math required to do well on this exam. He thinks well, and he has good instincts. He is capable of solving every question correctly. Where he appeared to stumble dealt with either making small mistakes in his calculations or being intimidated by the problem due to the many components an individual question might have. In order to combat against this last issue, we focused on breaking up questions piece by piece to balance the information given in small doses in order to arrive at what the question is asking at large. This strategy seemed to work well with him in terms of answering the problem. For our session next week, we will be transitioning into the writing portion of the exam because he needs a little more time applied to the math concepts and just needs more practice with problems. For homework, I have assigned to him some problems dealing with permutations."
"She had been assigned a tutor previously. That individual had given her a math section to complete as a homework assignment, and we spent the first hour of our session reviewing it. She did well, but she had a few issues with the following types of questions: (graphing) absolute values, geometry problems that inscribe shapes inside other shapes, problems that define new operators, and perpendicular lines. We reviewed these concepts, and I will create a custom problem set to complete during our next tutoring section. We also completed a reading section. She did well, but I think she will need to expand her vocabulary to feel more confident on the sentence completion section. As we completed the test, we noted all of the words that she had doubts about (even in the answers that she got right). I created and shared a document with her (via email) so she could look up and study those words. (Maybe we can do a quick, 5-minute vocabulary quiz at the beginning of our next session.) We also reviewed a couple of questions that she had trouble with in the reading comprehension section. I assigned her 3 sections for homework (Math, Reading, Writing). I want to get a baseline for each of these sections and see where we should focus the majority of our time going forward."
"The student had taken the ACT on Saturday. The ACT gives an hour to write the essay, and he said he felt pretty good about the one he wrote. The math and science parts of the exam were easy enough for him, but he still wants further help with the critical reading part. Because he wants the most help for the critical reading passages in general, that is what we worked on. We worked a little bit on vocabulary as well, both from the vocab questions as well as any words that he didn't recognize from the passage readings. For one of the passages he did really well, getting 7 of the 8 questions right. One of the things I really want him to do over the coming holiday vacation time is to write me an essay. The rest of his homework for the next couple weeks is to answer the questions from two different critical reading sections, and to learn some more vocabulary, including the new words we went over today as well as any unknown words that he comes across while reading the assigned passages. His mother wants him to also learn the words his English class has assigned. I also gave him the web addresses for a couple of English vocabulary sites that he should check out."