Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went over algebra concepts, like inequalities, synthetic division, and operations using polynomials. She showed me a sample ACT essay she'd done in school, on which she received a 4, and we went over what changes would get her a 6. I gave her a persuasive prompt and asked her to write a new essay for next time."
"On Saturday we solely worked on the SAT essay. She had written a sample essay for me that was very strong, and we went through it with a fine tooth comb talking about how it could have been made even better. We discussed format, specificity of examples, linkages, transitions, intro and conclusion, and time management. We also read through some sample SAT essays that received sixes, fives, fours and ones so that she could see some of what the test writers are looking for (and not looking for). We practiced outlining several more prompts, just by brainstorming examples. I think with a little more practice and a larger bank of examples she will be quite adept at writing them."
"The student and I started the session going over the reading and science sections he did for homework. He still needs more practice in reading, so we spent most of the session working on that. I made sure the student read and fully contemplated each question before even beginning to read the passage. I also suggested he highlight keywords to draw his attention to the details he needs to look for. He does very well during our time together, leading to the conclusion that his comprehension is fine, but he needs to work on maintaining his accuracy when under time constraints. We also worked on an English section, which the student did very well on. For homework, I suggested the student continue practicing reading and science, keeping in mind the strategies we've been working on."
"Today we made final preparations for students test. To begin with, we reviewed the results of an honors test. After this exercise, we spent the remainder of our time drilling on diagrams. I would present him with a blank diagram of a process that he might be tested on, and he would fill it in to the best of his ability. From there, we reviewed the minor mistakes he made and tried to uncover any conceptual misunderstandings that might have contributed to those mistakes."
"Today we finished reviewing for the math section of the exam. I answered questions she had from her assigned homework and then we focused on planar geometry and trigonometry. She stated that she really understood the concepts much better now and felt more confident. I assigned a practice test for her to take as homework and that she should be timing herself when taking it."
"We finished up talking about the Cold War. The student said that she didn't have any questions. I gave her a lot of information at once, so if she comes up with questions as she digests it, I encourage her to write those down and ask me tomorrow."