Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I spent our time working on the writing section. We covered all three types of questions on the exam, and we finished the two sections of the first practice exam. The student scored 34 correct answers and 15 incorrect answers for a base value of 30.25, which would have been a 540-- sans the essay component of the exam. On the first section, I observed his habits and then commented after he chose his answers. As a result, I explained to the student the concept of misplaced modifiers, parallelism, and subject vs. object pronouns. We also discussed how to detects errors based on parts of speech and how to search answers choices for variances to uncover the error in the question. After this lesson, the student completed another writing section. Whereas he scored only a 7/11 on this type of question before, he scored a 12/14 on this time around (both errors being related to parallelism). This is great progress. With our remaining time, we worked on a combinations problem. For Tuesday, we will continue with the essay portion of the writing section."
"The student and I worked on math. She has improved a great deal since we started. We worked on improving her ability to conceptualize what is being asked by the question and translating the words into numbers. I assigned her a test from the practice book for homework."
"Today we focused solely on the essay portion of the exam. The student and I discussed the prompt that she was supposed to have written an essay on. We worked on possible examples to fit the prompt and I assigned it to her for this week. We then moved on to reading essays written by other students. Together we read through four essays and I had her grade them so she could see how the rubric we've been working from is applied. We then discussed the actual grade each essay received and why. She seems to now have a better grasp on what the graders will be looking for. This week she will finish the essay we began together and do some writing drills."