Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I reviewed improving sentences type questions with the student, going over the various errors found in these questions, including but not limited to wordiness, awkward phrasing, noun-verb agreement, pronoun issues, etc. In going over these type of questions, I told the student to be careful about choice in the right answer - as the right answer not only has to eliminate the original error, but it also has to not introduce any new errors. I worked with her through a sample identifying sentence error and a sample improving sentence section and showed her the step by step process to approach each question. She still had some minor issues with noun-verb agreement, as she sometimes jumps at a choice without fully analyzing it (aka, I picked it because it sounds right). Whenever that has happened, I stopped her and asked her to identify for me the noun which goes with a particular verb, and she has always managed to realize her error, so I believe the issue now is to get her to force herself to analyze every answer choice. For homework, I've assigned the student her own set of improving sentence questions to do. At the end of the session, I also briefly reviewed how to approach critical reading passages and what kind of reasoning flaws are commonly found in that section, such as extreme wording, choices that are outside the scope of the essay, and a single incorrect word or phrasing that makes the whole choice incorrect. I have assigned her 3-4 more passages with a corresponding 50 questions to do for later this week."
"I met the student and his mother this evening. The student is in 7th grade and looking to take both the Specialized and Independent school exams this spring. Once we got into some test problems, I found the student to be a very sharp kid. We began by doing some reading comprehension, which he not only was careful to answer, but even seemed to enjoy. We next moved into the math portion of a mini-test and, again, he seemed to do careful work on several equations. We will work on fractions, exponents, and geometry during the next session. I have it set to meet him again next Friday."
"The student and I concentrated on organization and style choices in the critical reading section. We looked at both humanities and natural science passages and examined strategies for analyzing organization and style. He did very well today, and I look forward to learning his recent scores Wednesday."