Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Yesterday the student and I began the session as usual, reviewing homework and reviewing vocabulary (better than last session). We moved forward, focusing on the quantitative reasoning section of the test. We did a pretty comprehensive review of material he might come across on the test, explaining the concept and then doing some practice questions together. After we finished, we took a short break and then came back to do a times practice test. He scored 35/45, which was a decent score for this stage in our review. We went over the kinds of questions he got wrong and how to solve them. I left him with more vocabulary to review and a section of the book to read."
"We worked on vocabulary, mean, median and mode, rounding to various decimal places, and reviewed some state capitols and their abbreviations."
"The student worked on writing today. I gave her a prompt, and she brainstormed, pre-wrote, wrote, then proofed. We discussed verb tense and spelling, then adding specific details and vocabulary."
"We worked on finding the least common multiple and did a vocabulary review. We also reviewed other math concepts, such as factoring and simplifying square roots."
"The student and I continued with reading comprehension and verbal reasoning (sentence completion and synonyms) practice in her placement exam book, and spent a good amount of time discussing vocabulary. We made a list of vocabulary words from the practice questions that she did not know, to which we plan to add in the coming sessions. It was reiterated to the student and her mother the importance of practicing vocabulary on a daily/weekly basis, by making flashcards and reading for pleasure, for example. Additionally, she and I reviewed one- and two-step algebra equations, combining like terms, order of operations, and exponents. She did well staying focused throughout the session and seems to be gaining confidence in her algebra skills, which have definitely improved over our last several sessions."
"The student and I met. We used the guide book he got in the mail and we spent the time going through a lot of the math review. We worked with fractions, decimals, percents, ratios, scientific notation, and ended with algebra rules with exponents. We talked about starting the next session with a completed set of practice test questions."
"We spent time identifying and practicing strategies to slow down and improve math accuracy. We also practiced vocab and identified words that the student should learn."
"The student and I began making flashcards on math concepts. We worked through Fractions and Decimals, learned cross-cancelling, and memorized a few fraction/decimal equivalents."
"Today we started from the ground up with math. I had the student do a worksheet with long division and by the end of the day, she was dividing numbers with decimal answers even though she'd never seen it before. Excellent! Her vocab is coming along. I also had the student read passages from one of my books, so we could discuss tone and context clues. I then had her explain what happened in the story and explain the wording of certain parts of the passages. She did an excellent job here as well. I'm going to continue with math next week as well as have the student do another practice essay."
"Today we went over some more vocabulary words from school and the placement exam -- these are often the biggest issue on this test so we will probably devote a couple more sessions to those, and the passages, before going back to math!"
"Focused on the math section of the placement exam, covering equations and proportions involving percents. After some time, she seems to have gotten a hang of the material but could use more practice."
"Today, the student and I had our last session! He will take his test on Saturday morning. We reviewed everything we did last session, and we looked through the sections I'd assigned him in the prep book. I quizzed him on his vocabulary, and we did the practice questions in the prep book chapter on vocab strategy. We talked about covering up the answer and coming up with your own, and we tried a variety of question levels -- from easy to very hard. I also gave him a variety of essay prompts -- some creative, imaginative writing prompts, and some abstract prompts, and also some straightforward, specific, make a case and argue it prompts. I asked him to do brainstorming exercises for each one. I timed him making an outline for each prompt (2-3 minutes, the same amount of time he will spend outlining on test day), and I asked him to explain how he would turn each outline into an essay. I quizzed him on the elements he should include in the essay no matter what: topic sentences, a thesis sentence with a preview of each paragraph point and his answer to the question, transitions in each paragraph, and a structured conclusion. I ran him through specific scenarios and asked him to describe what he would do in each one. We went over a variety of math rules as well. He seems pretty confident about the test, and I am very proud of the amount he has improved and the things he has learned and internalized over the past weeks!"