Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked through a section of math from a previous diagnostic test and also the error identification portion of a writing portion. It is important for the student to be able to read a math question and be able to write equations from the prompt. We will work on this more as we work through more practice. He seems to have a hard time interpreting word problems and assigning variables. The writing section went pretty well. We are focusing more on the actual rules of grammar instead of just saying that the sentence "doesn't sound right"."
"The student and I reviewed a sample essay. I reinforced the need for him to simplify his argument and spend a bit more time choosing his examples before he starts to write. We then went over four exercises I had assigned: take 7-10 min to read a prompt, formulate a position, brainstorm examples and write the first paragraph. It's important for him to have a direct position that is developed throughout the essay, even if the position isn't that sophisticated or nuanced. We then worked on a group of prompts, brainstorming approaches and examples. For Friday, he is to do some more of these first paragraph exercises and also review details of a few examples from literature or current and historical events, so he can work specifics into his essay."
"The student has made enormous progress on the reading part of the college entrance exam. She is frequently getting every answer correct during her timed practice sessions, of which she completes at least 2-3 sections every week. During this session, we went over questions she had regarding the sections she'd done, and then focused on the writing portion. We did a mock essay writing timed section and she thought she was definitely under pressure to finish, so that was a good exercise as it gave her some idea how she needed to pace herself. We also went over examples of essay responses for the same prompt, which scored 7 and 10, so she could see what kind of writing garners what score. We went through structure of the essay, how the essay is graded, and what the graders are looking for. We wrapped up this session with me giving her more essay prompt questions to verbally brainstorm so she could get in the essay-writing mindset and come up with solid examples she could elaborate on during the actual exam."