Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We spent the first part of the session reviewing word problems concerning multiple operations concerning both decimals and integers. He was a bit sluggish, but overall was able to get through the majority of these problems with little help. We spent the other half of the session performing diagnostics to see how much he has improved. Oddly, similar questions he encountered earlier in the session left him confused when he saw them in the diagnostic. He ended up skipping a lot of questions which warrants further review. We'll work on this in future sessions."
"We went through some more vocabulary fortune tellers and reading comprehension exercises. She has sporadic attention but has a good attitude. I left her with some words to study. She has a report card that reflects her strengths and weaknesses pretty well. She has an A in Math and Bs in humanities subjects. She's bright, but she needs help focusing."
"We worked on reading comprehension-- particularly how to answer questions about inferring answers from a passage. We looked a passage from a YA novel, a Dickens story, and a poem by Shelley. We also used the passages to work on vocabulary a little. After that, we went through a number of practice analogy questions, and worked through how to arrive at the correct answer. Finally, we revisited root words with a brief look at suffixes. On Thursday, we will review the components of the test, and review anything the student feels particularly shaky on."
"We worked through another verbal SSAT diagnostic, through problem spots and discussed test taking strategies for the verbal and math session. I assigned homework to write a practice essay for the next session."
"Wednesday's session was spent with us mostly getting to know each other. On Sunday, the student and I started with a creative writing exercise. We learned the journalist questions method of brainstorming. We wrote the story of an argument between mother and daughter from both parties' perspectives. For math, we played a game of HORSE involving mental multiplication and division. Lastly, we did some reading analysis of 2-sentence horror stories and the Roald Dahl short story "Lamb to the Slaughter.""
"At this session the student worked on algebra equations, finding the area of triangles, trapezoids, squares, rectangles and parallelograms. He also worked on word problems that used fractions, decimals, algebra equations and proportions. He practiced working on synonyms and reading comprehension as well. He did very well working on these subjects."