Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student completed her math mid-term the day before, and she felt alright about it. Her teacher had also previously informed them that his midterm is difficult, and he will end up curving it. We focused this session on SAT Math preparation because she is taking the exam on the 25th. She acquired a book of difficult problems specifically since she completed all the math sections in the previous book. We completed the geometry problem section and some of the algebra section. She struggled with decoding word problems specifically, so we went through how to approach them and translate words into equations. For our next session, I assigned her the algebra word problem section to complete."
"We went over the practice sections I assigned last week for "homework". He got most of the math correct, and we went over the problems he struggled with. He did well on the reading section overall. The essay he wrote was brief and contained some grammatical and punctuation issues. It was about a level 3 or 4, about the same as he scored on the real SAT. I noticed some progress with his reading. In the section we went over during our first session, he missed the majority of the problems. When we went over the reading section in our last session, he did much better. I think he showed some promising signs of improvement. He struggled with writing a well-developed, in-depth essay, and he did not proofread it before submitting it. I went over several sample essays with him, showing him what is required for the different scores. We determined that in order for him to have a chance to make a 5 or 6, he would have to write around 1.5 pages instead of the 3/4 he is used to writing. He also has been practicing his vocabulary flashcards. I did not leave him with homework."
"We did an overview of SAT test-day procedures and question types. We surveyed practice test materials to determine strengths and weaknesses and practiced essay outlining. Strengths: numerical operations (math), Reading for tone (reading), and single fill-in-blanks (RC) Weaknesses: figures (math), dual fill-in-blanks (RC), and error types (writing) I assigned 2 practice sections of test and essay and 3 sections of her practice book."
"Again, we worked on the student's embedded controller project. He modified the hardware so that he is driving the LED columns with a decoder instead of the 4 shift registers he originally implemented. This greatly simplifies the whole operation, both hardware and software. He has two of the LED dot-matrix displays working and responding to code, which is a huge improvement from last time."
"The student and I covered subject-verb agreement and some basic grammar stuff. She always maintains a good attitude. I showed her some basic study habits. She has good instincts when it comes to reading comprehension and essay writing. "
"The student is doing very well. She is learning much about diagramming sentences, comma usage, pronouns, and subject antecedent. She is also doing extremely well with her reading comprehension and vocabulary acquisition. The student is rapidly progressing through her 7th grade "Wordly Wise" book and I would suggest that she could go on to a much more advanced vocabulary book on Greek and Latin Roots, once she has completed this text. Her ability to retain and utilize vocabulary is very impressive."