Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We focused on reading comprehension skills. He seems to be fairly strong in this area. I'm still assessing his strengths."
"The student and I did more verbal review during this session. We continued to review common roots, prefixes and suffixes with the goal of her being able to work out the meaning of many words she might be unfamiliar with at first glance. The student has been reviewing the roots, prefixes and suffixes we previously covered and her hard work is definitely showing. As we looked at sample words for the new roots, she was able to work out the definitions of many words by breaking them down into individual parts and defining each part. Although she does not yet have every root we previously reviewed memorized, she knows and truly understands many and he progress is quite excellent. We are going to work on her confidence in reading aloud. The student is supposed to continue reviewing the previous roots and to add the new ones we learned to her study list."
"Today, we focused on all areas of the test. For Math, we just did a few practice problems, all of which he excelled on. We will focus more on Math in tomorrow's session. We spent the bulk of our time focusing on the Reading passages. We decided that although reading the questions before reading the passages is a good strategy, in order to conserve our time, we would read the passage first. Once we made this switch, we did several passages with questions and timed those passages. He did very well, although he still needs to focus on historical fiction and non-fiction. We will also focus on how to answer inference questions. We discussed the different vocabulary words he might need to know for the Reading section (for example, ominous when it talks about the tone or mood of the passage). We then looked at his application to the school he is working towards applying to. He wrote two essays. One essay was a practice essay with a story starter. He did very well, although he seemed less enthused about today's topic. We discussed using our vocabulary to paint a picture in the reader's mind. Then he wrote his essay for his school application. He is improving with his writing. He is also improving his verbal abilities. He has most root words, prefixes, and suffixes that I provided for him memorized and is able to point them out in unfamiliar words."
"Vocabulary: Greek and Latin roots, prefixes, suffixes, breaking apart unknown words Math: algebraic expressions, geometry, solving for unknowns, ratios, percents"
"Our session focus today was on reviewing math skills and concepts that needed reviewing based on the practice test scores. We reviewed order of operations PEMDAS and did a few basic operations practices as a warm up. We then moved on to Adding and Subtracting Fractions. She did a great job working through the practice sets. I suggest that she writes in her test booklet and works through problems. This will assist her with eliminating wrong answers and making a better selection when using POE. I decided to focus on two concepts so as not to overwhelm her. We then moved to working on problems that included variables and exponents. She was able to arrive at the correct answers but had difficulty laying out her work. We will pick up tomorrow working with algebraic expressions, percentages, and finding area of geometric figures. We transitioned into a timed writing assignment. She does an excellent job with the creative writing essay. We finished our section working on analogies. We played a matching game today placing analogies with their category type. She struggled a bit with this assignment. I left the cards for her to practice with and also a hand out on analogies with her father that describe each type of analogy relationship. Tomorrow our testing will focus heavily on math and vocabulary with reading comprehension practices. On Thursday I believe it will be beneficial to simulate a test situation for her so she can practice using the test taking strategies she received and become more comfortable with sitting for the assessment."
"- Discussed reading comprehension strategies and techniques. - Reviewed analogies and context clues. - Discussed testing tips and scoring."
"The student and I had a very productive session today, focusing on analogies and vocabulary building exercises. He did get a chance to read the chapters in the books concerning the verbal sections. We completed between 4 and 6 exercise sections in the practice book and discussed the verbal section and reviewed the answers in some detail. I sense now that he has a confidence issue vis-Ã -vis the test, but I can also tell that he can overcome it and did during the vocabulary/ synonym practice. For Sunday, I have asked him to complete a full practice test across all sections, including the essay, which I will take home and review for our Monday meeting. I will have a better idea where we stand by Sunday."