Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The session with the student went very well. We worked on the vocabulary section- the synonyms and the analogies, and talked about different strategies she can use to try to figure out words she doesn't know. We talked about how to budget her time, how to best make an outline for the essay, and what essay parts are the most important. I asked her to go through a vocabulary list from one of her books and to start looking up definitions for words she doesn't know."
"Today we started with vocabulary. The student remembered (with picture cues) the meaning of the words we learned last session. We discussed more words and she came up with picture cues for those words. I encouraged her to review the vocabulary without looking at the pictures to help solidify those meanings. We moved on to synonyms, and most of these words were unknown to her. I explained what each word meant, and after learning the definition, she was able to successfully determine the synonym. We reviewed some analogies, and I was very encouraged to see her reasoning improve with the analogies- she was able to successfully determine all the relationships correctly with each pair of words. At this point, I think the best way for her to prepare is to just focus on vocabulary- the more words she knows, the better chance she has to do well on the synonyms and analogies. She still has a great attitude and focused well during the whole session. We focused on the elimination and picture cues strategies with vocabulary and analogies. She is to continue reviewing her vocabulary flashcards and discuss with her mom new vocabulary words with the flashcards she does not know yet. I was so proud that she received a 100% on her latest math quiz! We will meet at least 1 (possibly 2) more times before her test in 2 weeks."
"The student and I continued working on the upper level SSAT math section. We worked through some difficult problems together, including a complicated proportions problem, a difficult combining-equations problem, and a complicated long division problem with a remainder. We focused on clearly defining variables at the beginning of a problem and how to relate variables to each other. I encouraged the student to get into the habit for now of writing down everything she's doing, particularly because speed is not an issue for her."