Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student began a practice test today. I tested her on all of the study cards we have made to date, and I assigned her 27 more words for the next time we meet. We have created about 70 study cards so far, and she did not miss a beat! She knew the meaning of every single card, and it was obvious she knew the meaning of the word, it's not pure memorization. I'm very proud of her, and impressed with her efforts thus far. Throughout our practice test, we completed 15 math questions and 3 reading passages. As she took the test, she walked me through what she was doing and how she was finding her answers. Out of the 3 reading passages and 15 math questions, which she answered without my guidance, she got 15/15 correct. According to her, the most helpful reading strategy she has learned so far is skimming the questions prior to reading the passage. For the last 30 minutes of our session, we began reviewing strategies for writing the essay portion of the college entrance exam. Together, we pinpointed areas to review and we discussed the importance of effective planning. We decided she should spend about 4-5 minutes when planning her essay on the exam. I encouraged her to choose a topic she knows the most about and use her background knowledge to build a strong story."
"We started with some synonyms and analogies work, which the student did fairly well upon. She is doing well on the analogies, but she struggles with the synonyms, largely because she doesn't know the words, so we are going to work on her vocabulary. We then worked on reading comprehension to improve her skills in identifying the main idea and understanding the details. Today, I asked her to read passages, underlining the main ideas that she found. Next week, we will work exclusively, I think, on identifying the main idea of paragraphs. We finished the session with mathematics. I worked with the student on rate word problems. The student struggled with some of the word problems today. I think that not having a visualization proved difficult for her, so I'm looking into some online whiteboard platforms and possibly investing in a white board to use during our sessions when we work on word problems."
"At this session, the student and I continued to review the complexities of solving an algebraic equation. She often gets confused about which variable to isolate and how to "undo" a fraction when there is more than one term in the numerator or the denominator. We tackled this by reviewing the fundamentals of solving an equation and then working through a good number of example problems together. We'll take another crack it at our next session after she's attempted to complete a few practice problems on her own. Other topics covered today include: even/odd reasoning (determining whether an expression will yield an even or odd number), working with algebraic terms that have negative and/or fraction coefficients, and how to spot congruent angles. We also reviewed her strategic "method" for attacking the math section. The student has retained most of the mathematics we've covered thus far, and she has plenty of problems to review for homework to refresh her memory and keep up her skill set!"