Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We began our session with a review of the two practice tests in reading and verbal that I provided for the student. From those tests, there are several key areas that we will continue to work on in preparation for the test. In our session, we worked through missed and skipped analogies and provided her with several skill tips she is to use on the day of the test. For homework this week, there will be no verbal timed test, but she will have several practice drills for analogies and she is to use her notes and test tips to work through the drills. For the reading section, she has several key areas of needed focus, identifying tone, main idea, and inferences. She was provided with several test tips to assist her accuracy when answering these questions, and for homework this week, she will work through several practice drills in these specific areas, in order to improve accuracy. She also will receive more word parts to assist with her vocabulary growth."
"Today, we started with reviewing vocabulary that we had discussed last session. After two rounds of reviewing, she was able to successfully recall the meanings. She drew on her cards to recall the definition. Then, we worked on the synonyms. I could see an improvement in her reasoning for these vocabulary words. She successfully eliminated answers and chose the best one. Then, we worked on math, and she did an amazing job solving the various problems. She was able to complete reasoning problems, integers, algebraic, and exponents. She was very excited about solving these problems accurately, and I think she was encouraged at her improvement. We ended the session with reading comprehension. We read a passage on hard vs. soft science and how scientists' abilities to develop theories are sometimes difficult. Her interest in science helped her successfully answer these questions. She will continue working on her vocabulary cards until we meet again. I am encouraged at her progress with vocabulary, math, and reading comprehension."
"Today, the student and I worked on the SSAT math section. We worked through an Upper Level SSAT quantitative section together and went over the answers. We then put together a list of notes based on the mistakes from this practice section for the student to review before completing another practice section. Many of her mistakes were simple errors and we talked about strategies for avoiding simple errors, including writing down every step, reducing fractions to make numbers easier to multiply and divide, and paying close attention to units. We also went over solving weighted average problems, which were on the practice test, and we reviewed solving difficult area questions (such as how many square feet are in a square yard). She's going to complete another practice test on her own and continue adding notes to her list before our next meeting. She's also going to continue adding vocabulary words to the list she has developed and review the vocabulary flash cards she has made."