Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student and I started with a tricky introduction to scientific notation. After spending some time with the textbook's examples, we moved on to algebraic expressions, ranging from the simple to multiple variable expressions. After he picked that up, we took a look at word problems and reviewed metric conversions, exponents, and orders of operation."
"Today we reviewed the student's answers on the diagnostic exam in the reading section. We discussed her work in other sections. We then began working through problems in the reading section. The student was able to self-identify a number of her mistakes and accurately correct them."
"The student and I worked on following along and reading each word in two stories. He used a pointer while reading. We used and talked about different ways to decode words he was unfamiliar with. I used a book on cd so that he could listen and become familiar with the story. He then read the story alone and did a great job! We worked on writing a short book response. We sounded out and wrote the words together. "
"With the student today, he continued to work on his assignment treating this time statistical data graphing and determination of extrapolated values using the TI 83 -84. We also treated a few questions on logarithmic functions. He is completing a test and is confident to score good. The session went great and due to the holiday we planned to meet Monday or Tuesday."
"The student and I went over her 'Test Yourself' Quantitative Comparison problems. She is getting used to these problems but still occasionally jumps to conclusions. We went through most the Math section reviews and I asked her to do some of the Math Exercises before our next session. We also went over some Synonyms and Sentence Completions. I gave the student a list of links that she can use to study common ISEE vocabulary words."
"We went over the following types of logical reasoning questions: assumption, principle, flawed reasoning, parallel reasoning, and parallel flawed reasoning."
"Today the student and I followed the same strategy that we have been using -- going through sets of logical reasoning questions out loud. We got through 18 questions today, and she did fairly well. She has definitely improved at reasoning through the wrong answers to narrow it down to the correct answer, and that is a good strategy on many of the questions. For next week, I am going to prepare some more questions that ask for the answer that "most weakens," "most strengthens," or "most undermines" the argument in the stimulus. We had a few of these that were challenging today, so she would like some more practice on these for the exam. I am also going to look into how often an answer will use an absolute, such as "always," "never," "only," etc., particularly when the stimulus does not, as a tool for narrowing down to the correct answer more quickly."
"Hybrid games. Emphasized advantages of minimizing number of dimensions used in diagram, as well as need to integrate rules from both actions in shorthand for rules that use both actions."
"Client and I went over assumption questions, marking past exam questions determining passage conclusions, and premises to find correct answer."
"We worked through some logical reasoning problems. The student has a pretty good understanding on the types of problems and did well today. He needs to practice assumption problems and method of reasoning problems so we did a few of those today and will continue next week."
"Review of skills for identifying constraints in formal logic games, the relationships among constraints, how to delineate those constraints, not them, combine them and draw implications from them."
"The student and I covered Chapter 7 in its entirety (Pure Sequencing Games). I assigned 3 LSAT Logic Game sections for HW, which we will review next session."