Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We spent the first portion of our session going over a breakdown of the assessment exam. In doing so, we talked about pacing and test-taking strategies that pertain to speed, narrowing down answers, and educated guessing. Next, we reviewed prefixes, roots, and suffixes. We started to get in the habit of finding words that share either the prefix, suffix, or root of the word in question and using these to help form definitions. After focusing on the verbal for quite a bit of time, we moved onto the quantitative section. The student is very quick with math and with logical reasoning, so this section came to him very easily. Again, he is very confident in math, which leads to a few small errors here and there because he breezes through processes a little too quickly. He is very responsive to the material. He has a great feeling for understanding the general sense of a word or a passage. In general, working with flashcards and fitting in a small amount of reading every day will increase his comfort with the test material, as well as with his own self-expression."
"Placement exam quantitative skills were covered: 1) geometric comparisons, 2) non-geometric comparisons, 3) number manipulation, and 4) number series. We practiced problems in each concept, and the student started practice tests. She requested review of visual problems and symbol relationships so we will work on that next session."
"The student mainly wants help with math. We worked on practice tests on the website. We chose to work on quantitative reasoning. We reviewed some geometric basics, the true significance of the number pi and what it really means, and how thorough understanding of pi helps understand the related formulas. We also worked on the slopes of the graph. At the end, we briefly covered some grammar, such as irregular transitive/ intransitive verb pairs."
"The student and I covered material on ratio and proportions, and areas and perimeters of basic shapes (triangles, rectangles, and circles)."
"We studied for the student's test. We went over grammatical errors that may show up on the test, such as parallelism, passive voice, and redundancy. We went over some vocabulary. She studied many of the Latin roots which helped her immensely this week figuring out what bigger vocabulary words meant. We also discussed the writing section and finding which sentence/ word best completes the sentence/ paragraph. She is doing very well, and I think she is going to have no problem passing her test in January."
"The student was eager to work and focused throughout the session. At the beginning and throughout the session, I gave him a little background about the format of the test and some things to expect the day of the test. He was given a couple of quick test taking strategies to help him start a baseline practice test, which is a truncated version of a practice exam. He was able to complete four sections today: verbal, quantitative, reading, and language. He shared his answers with me, and I noticed that he has stronger math ability over his verbal skill, which is something we will work on improving in future sessions. The next session, we will start with the mathematics section."