Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"First, we reviewed math from yesterday. It appears as though she now understands the following: prime numbers, sequences, PEMDAS, and how to convert percent to decimals. She needs to continue to work on the following: understanding absolute value, practice using negative integers in algebraic problems, converting decimals to percent. Second, we worked on analogies. We did 5 problems together, in the book, on establishing the initial relationship. She did very well on this section, scoring 80%. Then we worked on six test questions in the book. She did okay, scoring 50%. She established the initial relationship. Third, we went over synonyms in the book. I told her to do the following: access your background knowledge (stories, TV, songs, childhood) to figure out the meaning of the words, break the word into meaningful parts (prefix/suffix), only mark out answers you know are wrong - not answers you just don't know, look at all your choices just to be sure you are not being impulsive."
"We went over 10 tips to do the night before the SSAT. Analogies practice, synonyms, a study of prefix, roots and suffix. Final test before the SSAT."
"At the student's request we focused on the Math section for our last session before her test date. We started with some of the Geometry problems that are within the scope of what she's learned and talked about how to break down multi-step problems as well as how to evaluate whether to attempt a question or skip it during the actual exam tomorrow. We also used one Math section of a practice test to see how she did at pacing herself and applying the strategies we discussed without my intervention or leading questions. She struggled with questions where she did not write down the mathematical expressions that corresponded to the information given by the problem or where she made errors in calculation, so we devised a plan to avoid these things during the exam. We also reviewed some of the Math strategies that helped her during our previous session. I am very proud of the progress the student has made, especially in Math, and I wish her the very best on her test. It has been a pleasure working with her."