Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"It was our first session and we covered a lot of diagnostic practice exams. I like to cover the basics with the student before we start skill building so that I can properly assess the student's skill and comfort level with the exam. It seems like the student's comfort level is more verbal which I will keep in mind for the future."
"We did very good work on analogies and math. We have a schedule going forward, so I'm confident that we'll be able to get the student to where she wants to be for the December test."
"Worked on reading comprehension. Decided to read questions first before reading the paragraph on the harder fiction and social science passages. Went through getting ready this week for the test. Sunday, he is going to write the essay. Monday through Thursday, he is just going to do some of the practice problems in the review book just to keep sharp. His scores have substantially improved since he first started. He just needs to be confident and he will be fine."
"Performed another 2 sections of a practice SSAT math portion. The student has conquered her inability to complete sections as she can finish all problems with time to spare. The new concern (albeit very minor) is to make sure she is careful with her work so she can maximize her score. Assigned her corrections from a portion of her section."
"Today the student and I went over his essay. He had a great idea and executed it well. He had a few grammatical errors (mostly comma splices), but overall it was well organized and had a lot of good ideas. We next moved on to the math section, where he needed minor prompting to help him solve the problem. Once I had told him how to do it, though, he executed it expertly. We took a break from math to do some analogies, all of which he aced, so we stopped doing that and went back to math. We tackled some tough problems and agreed that he would finish the rest of the section (along with the analogies) for Wednesday. It was a good session: the student worked very hard and is improving visibly."
"The student completed a full SSAT since we last met and did an excellent job (95th percentile or higher on all sections). We went over each of the questions he missed. On math, his only problem was with misreading certain questions. For practice, I gave him some difficult word problems, similar to those he missed, and had him focus on interpreting the problem before attempting the arithmetic. We also reviewed some concepts from previous weeks (consecutive integers, simplifying radicals). On the verbal section, he employed the appropriate strategies with regards to eliminating incorrect answers. We did a little practice of identifying roots in new words. We finished by reviewing strategies for the writing section. He will complete additional writing section practice over the next couple of days, focusing on deliberate topic sentences that relate strongly to the prompt. Excellent work!"
"The student and I covered mostly math. He is struggling with the concepts of lines and their equations. He is learning a lot and is putting in the effort to learn the material. His practice test seem to be showing progress. I have assigned a lot of homework to him for the remainder of the week since he only has a week before the test. He agreed to put twice the effort in to studying until the test. He is an awesome student who really wants to learn and, with a little guidance, has no problem putting in the effort that is required to succeed."
"Reviewed previous week's writing samples and administered additional writing samples. Played a game with topics including; antonyms, synonyms, definitions, identify the bridge, and math. Discussed geometry and introduced the distance formula, showed the connection between Pythagorean Theorem."
"Reviewed analogies drills assigned last time. Assigned 2 more drills for next Thursday as well as additional vocab. Did 2 hours of math drills - relating to solving for X. Including balancing equations, cross-multiplying, factoring etc. There are 6 sections of math drills left, which can be completed in less than 3 weeks, then we will move on to full practice tests. Also went over the reading comprehension drills assigned last time. We also worked on some poetry and literary devices."
"In this session, the student and I began by reviewing the essays he wrote for homework. He did a very good job on these, and we discussed how he could do even better on future essays. Next, we began working on the math section of the exam. We talked about its structure, its format, and the different content that is tested, then I suggested some important tips, tricks, and problem-solving strategies. After this, we completed a number of practice problems together. The student did very well on these, but he has to make sure to write out all of his work and check his calculations to avoid simple mistakes."
"For this session, the student and I first focused on math concepts, specifically polynomials and how to factor them in all of the various ways, including by grouping and long division. Afterwards, we briefly went over some vocabulary words. Then we did a timed mock run of the entire test, including the essay, which I graded as I went. Afterwards, we reviewed the results, which were outstanding. Not only did she perform consistently well in the math section, which is what we've been focusing on more, but she scored in the 95th and 98th percentiles for the reading comprehension and verbal comprehension sections, respectively, which even astounded her."
"For today's session the student and I worked exclusively on her lowest scoring section - Critical Reading. She scored in the 95th percentile on the last test she took on her own that I assigned to her last week and we are hoping to increase that percentage by getting her to score one less question wrong on the reading section. We worked on strategy and ways to tackle certain problems."