Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over the language/writing section of the PSAT. We covered many of the grammar and punctuation concepts that appear on the PSAT, including the use of the semicolon, redundancy, and comma splices. We then began the math section that requires use of a calculator, and I assigned the rest of that section for homework. Our next session is this Tuesday."
"We worked on SAT prep, specifically on math and reading comprehension. We worked on probability, geometry, and algebra problems. The student seemed to have the greatest difficulty with the geometry problems. In working on critical reading, we focused on science passages, as these were the hardest for the student. We discussed strategies for reading that involved summarizing the function of each paragraph and how reading the last sentence of each paragraph is beneficial to determining the author's intent. I suggested the student work on geometry problems and read practice science passages."
"I let the student decide the course of the session, since we do not have that many sessions left until his SAT and by now he should know what he needs help with. In that vein, we worked significantly on the "Improving Paragraphs" questions for writing sections; something he has had more trouble understanding than other varieties of question. Then we switched gears and decided to review some math, which while his strongest subject, could still benefit from a refresher course. Sure enough he tripped himself up on a few problems, mostly algebra. I told him to record the types of problems that he had trouble on so we could practice those subjects more in the coming weeks. His homework is to finish the math test we started, re-write the essays he lost and send them to me, and do the reading comprehension work. Once completed, I will determine what additional work to assign, keeping in mind his heavy course load."
"We began by talking about the SAT, broadly: what it tests, what it doesn't, its format, and how it will change. Then, we worked on practice SAT math questions, reviewing a number of important concepts: parabolas, ratios, median vs. mean, the algebraic representation of word problems, and the equation of a line. We talked a bit about strategies for moving forward when a question proves confusing or intimidating. We then turned to writing multiple questions, reviewing sentence structure, colon and semicolon usage, conjunctions, and the relationships between clauses. The student came ready to learn. I assigned him some math and writing homework."
"The student spent today's session going over several key math concepts as well as reviewing a diagnostic he took since our last session. We covered imaginary numbers graphically and algebraically, discussed if-then logic, and got in-depth about working with percentage word problems. We spent some time practicing the formulas to make sure that he retained the knowledge and then reviewed the diagnostic to see if there were any likely areas to cover before next session."
"Today was a simple session where we covered some basic homework and quizzes on reference angles, unit circle, and arc lengths/areas. The student did well and started to really do well at the mental gymnastics of quick trig calculations by the end. He seemed very confident."
"The student did incredibly well on his ACT Reading. I'm surprised by how well he has done since we have shifted to smaller increments of homework. He only missed 6 questions while answering three full reading passages. I want to see how he does on a timed test, which I will be assigning soon. He did well on his ACT Math review. We still have just under three weeks, and we want to cover most of the core math concepts, which we should be able to do."
"We worked on math word problems and reading comprehension. We finished by brainstorming and outlining an essay. The student worked really well and asked questions. I was impressed by her willingness to ask questions today!"
"In this session, we went over previous Math problems briefly and focused on English content and test taking techniques. We covered rhetorical English questions and more advanced/specific English content (tricky pronouns, prepositions, who/whom, etc.)."
"The student and I worked on two sections of a practice test. We did an hour of the reading comprehension portion and an hour of the math portion. She is very strong in the math; he only missed two or three of the ~40 problems we went over. She is also good at the reading, but missed a few more than she did on the math. We will be focusing on the social sciences reading passages from now on, as those are the ones she most often stumbled on. In the next session, we will do an hour each of the science and English sections."
"This session reviewed the probability and outcomes problem set assigned last week. I was happy to see that the student had answered all of the questions correctly except for those rated as level 5 difficulty. We worked through these examples to reinforce concepts in this unit. The best approach for these types of questions is to determine whether the question is referring to outcomes or odds. If the question is asking for outcomes, then your next step is to find the number of options for each category and multiply those with each other. However, if the question is asking for the odds, it is important to find the chances of each event happening and then either multiply(and) or add (or) these events."
"The student and I went over the sections she did for homework. She struggled particularly with reading passages. I worked with her on how to mindfully read passages, especially the boring/dense ones. We worked through each paragraph to make sure we increased reading comprehension before tackling the questions. I also cautioned her to consider answer choices fully instead of just choosing an answer choice because the first part of it seems right."