Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The girls and I went over their homework, then warmed up with the vocabulary portion of a reading section. I also timed them on a writing section. Both girls finished the section well within the time limit, but continue to make minor errors. I have encouraged them to either read the problems aloud or read them to each other, since the brain has a tendency to make automatic corrections when processing reading material. We also completed the majority of a Math section, which they continue to improve upon."
"We worked especially hard on math, after a quick look at paragraphs. We worked on algebra and percent/ratio problems in particular."
"We review his practice test, correcting any mistakes, and pressed on in English. He did a super job!!"
"In our second session, we did some math and writing, working through all the examples and drills in the "Identifying Sentence Errors" chapter of the writing workbook and leaving off toward the beginning of the "Improving Sentences" chapter. In this way, the student got a solid grounding in common writing errors tested on the SAT. We also did a lot of geometry in the math workbook, including problems dealing with triangles, circles, "multiple figures," and coordinate geometry. We concentrated especially on the more difficult problems."
"The student completed 4 more SAT Verbal practice sections and scored over 70% on 3 out of 4 of those sections, with the other section score being in the high 60% range. She implemented the tips and techniques I taught her during our first session, so I'm pleased with her progress. Today we covered some further analysis of the types of Verbal questions on the exam and found more patterns where she needed extra help, and this was mostly in the area of grammatical knowledge, so I made some extra study notes in a new Word document to cover topics like subject-verb agreement, pronoun-noun agreement, etc. I also assigned further homework from her SAT study book, which included reading the first 3 sections and completing the mini-practice tests on the different types of Verbal questions and strategies for answering them; I also encouraged her to time herself for all practice sections."
"After reviewing the students' homework from last week, which was finishing the Mathematics review, we did the practice questions in the book to reinforce the concepts and the techniques. At this point it makes more sense (for the purpose of the assessment exam in a few weeks) to study and refresh on concepts and perhaps discover some new strategies rather than just doing practice drills with no results! For the upcoming ISEE this Saturday, we spent some more time just covering the specifics of that test."
"Today, the student and I met for our final review before his second test date for the SSAT. He recalled some questions he had on the most recent SSAT diagnostic he took last week- specifically finding the nth term of an arithmetic sequence and finding the sum of terms in a sequence. We then moved onto other types of lines, and we discussed how to find points of intersection/solutions to systems of equations. I showed him how to use elimination to solve them. We then moved onto some verbal and worked on synonyms. He broke down a number of words very well! We finished with analogies. He struggled with a few words, but overall, his vocabulary has greatly improved. He should do wonderfully!"
"To start, I went over an essay the student did for homework. He did well on it, and we then spent some time on reading comprehension. At the end we practiced some more writing techniques and writing multiple choice questions."
"We covered the Math section of the ACT. The student had trouble with breaking down the question into workable parts. She was positive throughout the session and showed signs of progress. I left the student with extra practice to complete for the next session."
"The student and I started discussing Geometry topics since he has not had Geometry in school. We reviewed parallel lines and the angles formed by a transversal and also concepts relating to triangles."
"This session, we covered SAT math; in particular, we focused on algebra (e.g. systems of equations), data analysis (e.g. Venn diagrams), and arithmetic (e.g. using the midpoint and distance formulas in coordinate geometry). The student struggled with some of the more complex word problems, although was able to understand them once we talked through the problems. She had a positive attitude toward the material and seemed focused throughout the section. For this session, we focused a lot on strategies for approaching a few specific sorts of problems on the exam (e.g. Venn diagram questions). Overall, I think that she is on track to do well on her exam, although she should continue doing practice math problems daily in order to address her remaining weak spots (e.g. word problems) and boost her score further."
"In this tutoring session, we began by going over the assigned homework. I saw the student struggle the most on the math section, so we focused our efforts there. He and I went over concepts such as writing algebraic expressions for word problems, geometry involving parallel lines, simplifying negative exponents, and solving algebraic equations with two unknowns. He was able to integrate these concepts into the problems with some help from me. We next went over the writing section and reviewed key grammar concepts such as verb-subject agreement, proper use of pronouns, and the active vs. passive voice. I see he is becoming more confident in answering the problems in our sessions together. For next week, he will complete an assortment of math, reading, and writing questions that are all level 1 and 2."