Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student's mom and step-dad went on several interviews at private schools, and after learning that the margins for acceptance are very slim at those schools for an entering 6th grader, the student's mom has decided to double her tutoring time. The student will be doing 2 sessions a week. This will give her the chance to practice more and get more reinforcement for doing it. This week, we worked on math and synonyms. Our main focus with math was speed strategies. I gave her a problem set and asked her to order the questions from easiest to hardest. Then, I timed her, and she attempted the problems in that order. We made note of the problems that looked easy at first, but turned out to be difficult. We looked at the problems together, and I led her through ways of doing the problems both carefully and quickly - we used some math strategies that work well for tests, but which aren't usually taught in schools, because they circumvent algebra, for instance. We talked about how to tell when you can guess, rather than calculating, to get the correct answer. She responded well to all of this, and I think that the extra day per week will help her internalize strategies like these. We drilled on long division - she started the session, saying she didn't know how to divide a number by another number that is more than one digit long, but after drilling, we discovered that she actually knew how to do this, but was just insecure about it. Finally, we worked on synonym problems. Since we'll have double the time soon, I'll be able to do more vocab work with her, which tends to require daily homework. Overall, a very productive session!"
"We started by working on the student's schoolwork and then switched over to test prep. We reviewed her practice essay and then I began teaching her fractions. We went over adding fractions (with the same denominators) and converting between mixed numbers and improper fractions."
"We discussed long division, multiplying and dividing fractions, how to find the area of different shapes, probability, proportions, and cross multiplication."
"We covered writing, reading comprehension, and math. We worked on word attack skills and rereading for understanding. He did very well."
"We started the timed sections on math and vocab, which went very well. We will focus on Reading/Essay next time."
"The student is taking an ISEE prep class, so we reviewed her homework for the class, which was working on an ISEE essay and vocab."
"The student and I started working on some practice math problems--translating simple word problems into equations and basic algebra. He had no trouble translating the words into math, which will make it easier for the two of us to work on more complex word problems, but he struggled with algebra, as it is a relatively new concept for him. With a little practice, he was beginning to get the hang of it. From here, we worked with fractions for a while--he began to see that the reason that they are hard is because he is intimidated, or because he is not being careful with his work. He is now beginning to jump in right after and attempt to solve. His biggest issue beyond the intimidation by the questions is getting ahead of himself--rather than assessing what the question is really asking for, he begins to combine the numbers in a way that makes sense to him. From here on out, our focus will be on quickly identifying what a question is asking for, translating whatever is necessary into numbers, and solving from there."
"We focused on the student's practice test and went over subjects in math such as solving for x, solving word problems, and graphing. More math practice for next time."
"Today we went over essay writing for the test. The student did a practice essay, and we edited it together and discussed what essays need. We also went over some strategies for the math sections of the test and went over in detail how to get the area and perimeter of a given shape."
"Great session today, focused on Reading Comprehension practice exercises and strategies. Assigned homework - reading comp; full practice test."
"Today we went over Reading Comprehension skills. They were both more comfortable with this section, and scored very well on the quizzes I gave them. We also did some more vocab drills."
"I worked with the first student on word ladders and other word manipulation games. I also brought a puzzle for him to do. I showed him organization strategies on how to complete the puzzle in the quickest and most efficient way. We also played memory games and math games with number completions and number manipulations. During today's session we did vocabulary drills, too. He is very intuitive and bright. He catches on quickly and can come up with answers instantly or with very little probing. From 6-8 I worked with the second student on reading comprehension and math achievement. She did very well on both sections. We did practice sets together for the first part of the session so she could get an idea of the type of questions she should expect. The second half was taking a practice test that focused on these two sections. After the practice test, we scored the section and calculated that she scored in approximately the 70-80 percentile range."