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Carson, CA SSAT tutoring
For the first hour of the session, the student and I reviewed his homework. His accuracy had improved and he attributed this to the review we had the day before and that he had to explain his reasoning, which made him think more carefully about the questions. We were both happy with his progress and reviewed items that we want to cover when we go over grammar next week. During the second hour, I gave the student a prompt to respond to and then graded it. Before he started writing, we talked about the planning process and I suggested that he jot down a few notes before he started writing. This did help him and he wrote a longer essay than he generally does and feels he is capable of because he was prepared.
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Carson, CA SSAT tutoring
The student and I reviewed long division and multiplication tables, and she did really well. She had no trouble completing her worksheet.
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Carson, CA SSAT tutoring
We covered general strategies for test-taking, adapted for the ACT. Specifically: batching answer entries, time management (and how to practice time management for the test day), and managing confidence on test day. We practiced the science and reading sections. We then reviewed a practice test. The student is very receptive and should see large improvements in his score from his first test.
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Carson, CA SSAT tutoring
This session we worked through his homework assignments and test prep. His teacher is all over the map in terms of leveling and preparing for the AP Test. The good news is that the student is very good at the conceptual problems and is rapidly improving on the word problems that are on the AP Physics 1 test. The problems that are calculus based are the ones he struggles with more; but as we discussed on the phone they are meant for him to struggle with, not for him to be successful with.
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Carson, CA SSAT tutoring
We started the session by reviewing a few decoding strategies we learned last time. The student recalled 2 of the 6, and after reviewing again, he was able to explain them in his own words. Today, we learned the comprehension strategy Question-Answer Relationships. This strategy helps students identify the four types of questions given with reading passages. It is a strategy used to help students better understand how to answer questions. He picked up the leveled questions quickly and was able to label questions at their different levels. I will send him a practice passage for which he will label the questions before answering. We will continue practicing with these comprehension strategies, and I will find more literary texts as I think these are more challenging for him. 
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Carson, CA SSAT tutoring
I reviewed work the student had completed in a workbook. We focused on math. I helped him with a word problem that involved fractions. I used pictures (drawn fraction circles) to help explain the problem and solve each step. We moved on to evaluating expressions. I taught him how to use the FOIL method to multiply a monomial to a binomial. We reviewed how repeated addition can be represented as multiplication and the workings of exponents. After doing the first one as an example and two together, he was able to get through the rest of them on his own. We then worked on defining independent and dependent variables and creating equations with two word problems. He is doing well, but he still needs to work on memorizing his multiplication facts.
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