Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We first went over the practice test the student did for homework. We then spent the rest of the time working on word problems and reading comprehension."
"We worked primarily on essay writing, discussing style and organization and practicing paragraphs. We also went over some of the grammar for the multiple choice writing problems."
"We worked on math and reading again with both students. They helped each other with the math and reading homework. They should both do well on their tests."
"Both students and I reviewed the Math and Science sections that I had assigned. I am confident they can improve, but it will take more effort on their part. I've assigned additional English and Math for homework."
"I provided the student with a summary of the process-of-elimination strategies we've been exploring for use in critical reading passages. He partially completed a practice section of reading. His accuracy was pretty decent. I admonished him a bit for his bad habits on sentence completion (comparing answer choices without filling in the blanks/making sense of the sentences beforehand). I corrected him on a proper strategy for these questions and he was receptive to my comments. On passage-based reading, he seemed to get slowed down by reading and annotating, yet operates with confidence when he goes with his gut feeling on many questions. He may want to follow this latter tactic when possible, along with process-of-elimination strategies, considering our proximity to the test date."
"The student and I worked on all three areas of the test today through the online practice questions. We did several reading passages, including more challenging passages from the ACT and lots of analogies. We looked at math as well, and I noticed that she is fast to say she doesn't know how to do a problem if it looks strange-even thought it might actually be based on concepts she knows. So we talked about starting with what you DO know, and asking at each step, "what do I need next to continue?" This is crucial, since so many of the problems on the SSAT and ISEE are going to look unfamiliar since they're testing ability to reason through and not just regurgitate classroom-type math problems."
"We went over questions from the critical reading section of the SAT. We focused primarily on the science sections initially, but after some practice it became clear that the biggest impediment to success was limitations in vocabulary and the ability to infer meaning from context. In accordance to this we shifted focus to correct this. I have instructed her to study SAT vocab and take the critical reading diagnostic test. Next session with be focused on SAT math."
"I had the student take 2 sections of a practice test: Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning. He finished each section in about 45 minutes, which is the same amount of time he will have during the actual test as he will have extended time. He needs improvement in vocabulary, algebra, probability, averages, and especially geometry. We will go over his incorrect answers next session and also do practice work on the topics listed previously. I have ordered a review book to assist in guiding the practice work."
"During today's session, the student and I covered independent & dependent clauses, modifier agreements, usage of commas, semicolons, and colons, and commonly misused words in the ACT English section. We also covered data representation, research summary, and conflicting viewpoint passages in the ACT Science section."
"Covered the math section of the SAT, working on circles and Venn diagram style problems. Did a few review questions she had questions about. She has all of the pieces to do very well. She tends to second guess herself, but I think she can get over that and do very well this test."
"We began the session by reviewing an essay the student had written in preparation for the session. We talked about argumentation, along with some small grammatical issues. We then turned to math, reviewing functions, absolute value, the translation of word problems in algebraic equations, and plane geometry. We then did some practice with the writing multiple choice section, reviewing comma and semicolon usage, sentence structure, conjunctions, the uses of the present participle, and use of the comparative versus the superlative. I left him with math and reading homework."
"The student and I had a good session today! We went over her homework, worked on Math problems p. 316 #51-60 together, and completed some science passages beginning on p. 334 #18-40 together. She did really well! She has English homework for next week. We'll use her English homework to determine what Grammar items we need to cover over the next few weeks."