Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, we devoted the first hour to math and the second hour to writing. I gave them a five-problem set to complete in five minutes. I will continue to work with them on time management. I'm thinking about giving them lists of tips to refer to as they work timed sets, with reminders/questions like: if a problem is taking a long time, move on; if you see complicated numbers, try rounding up or down; and what is the fastest way to estimate the answer? I discovered that they didn't know how to do long division, so I gave them a bunch of practice with that. Now, they're both doing complex division problems at a good speed. For the second hour, I asked them to choose an essay question, out of three options. I brought some brainstorming and outlining worksheets for them to use. I portioned out worksheet sections and gave them 5 minutes to complete each. This is more time than they should spend brainstorming on the test, but less time than we spent last week. I'm working with them on the concept of smart preparation, and as they internalize that process, we can speed it up. As they approached the end of the lesson, I had them choose one paragraph from their outline to write as a full paragraph, in 5 minutes. When they get to the writing part, they're both very fast, which is so great. I'm discovering that a little bit of pressure works well for both of them -- I've been timing them to get them to concentrate, and doing countdowns to get their attention."
"The student completed 1:45 of reducing of fractions. 15 minutes of vocabulary development. Both in preparation for the ISEE Test in December."
"Reviewed homework exercises including reading comprehension, math and essay. Did reading comprehension exercises. Assigned homework."
"We focused on the math section today. Some of the problems seemed to be more sixth grade level, so we'll have to go over certain skills, such as equations and proportions more in depth."
"We began by going over the students homework on fractions, decimals and percents. We then worked on word problems for a while and finished by doing two reading comprehension passages."
"The student did some analogies to practice for the test. She did very well and had a great grasp on how to do them. There were only a few she got wrong and that was due to not knowing the definitions of some of the words. I gave her a few tips for when she doesn't recognize the words. We also worked on some math problems (multiplying decimals, area and perimeter, order of operations) to prep for the math portion of the test."
"The student and I discussed important Geometry vocabulary during our session, and she practiced taking notes utilizing the Cornell Method. After that we moved on to Polygons and did several online activities to practice identifying Polygons as regular or irregular, convex or concave, and simple or complex. Once we were done with this, I helped the student study for her upcoming Mathematics test using the chapter review in her text book. We discussed different ways to approach the types of problems in the chapter, and I helped her learn to relate generic word problems to real life scenarios she was familiar with, making it easier for her to grasp the concepts."
"We practiced Math and Verbal sections from a review book. Then we went through some homework that used reading comprehension skills."
"Vocabulary section on a test taken. Only 4 wrong......YEH! Awesome! Went over ration proportion, fractions and a little percents and geometry."
"We began covering the student's vocab list, and I quizzed him on the words that he learned a couple of sessions ago. He continued to show mastery of them. From here we worked on sentence completions, and he knocked it out of the park. He then worked to fill in the blank before looking at our options. From here we moved on to math, first working mathematics achievement, then quantitative reasoning. Our main goal was to identify the type of question; Operations, ratios, algebra, or geometry. He did well with the mathematics achievement section. We then worked on quantitative reasoning. We will continue to build confidence in his ability to deduce the necessary operations. The student really worked hard and stuck with the lesson very well."
"The student is taking an ACT prep class and they are studying vocabulary for a quiz tomorrow. We did some review during our session today."
"Today we went over numbers and operations, and the student learned some algebraic concepts. We then moved on to geometry practice from her practice test materials. For reading, the student worked on synonyms and verbal reasoning practice. For homework, she is to do one short passage and do the questions with it as well."