Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Began practicing reducing time on Reading passages. Discussed at length word problems and other concepts from Math. Assigned homework."
"Review homework on math and sentence completion Discussed general strategies for math and skipping Lesson on SAT long passages - chunk approach Assigned homework for long passages"
"This was our final session before the students take the SAT this coming Saturday. They had each prepared a preliminary list of books, plays and historical examples to discuss, so that they would have a host of fresh examples to use on the essay portion of the test. The books they came up with included To Kill a Mockingbird, Pride and Prejudice, 1984, In Cold Blood and Of Mice and Men. The plays included Antigone, Medea, Hamlet and A Midsummer Night's Dream, and the historical figures/events included Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Rachel Carson, Susan B. Anthony, Galileo, The Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement, The Great Depression and Roe v Wade. We discussed what broader themes might apply to each of these individual examples, as well as how a few of these examples might be woven together. We also discussed stress management, highlighting the important things to do before test day like eat good "brain food" and get lots of sleep."
"Tonight the student and I did a review of the material form last week and all the problems she had some trouble with. After this review, we began new material which was focused on working on solving single variable equations that contained decimals and fractions. She doesn't like fractions, but is slowly becoming more comfortable with them. I wanted to focus on her having to solve for the variables by multiplying by the reciprocal and understanding how to turn division problems into multiplication problems. She has really impressed me this summer and is very dedicated to her work. I did assign her an additional 10 pages of problems, each ranging from 15-20 problems a page for the next week. I want her to do about a hour to an hour and a half of math a day so that she becomes more and more familiar with the material so that we don't have to such a long review period at the start of each session and instead can begin the new material right away."
"Tonight we worked on words that end with y. We discussed how words with one syllable make the long i sound and in words with two syllables, the y makes the long e sound. I attempted to make this very kinesthetic by demonstrating with my hands how the letter i and number 1 can be made with one finger. I also demonstrated how to easily move from two fingers to the letter e with our hands. We read a variety of riddles, completed sentences, sorted y words, and played Bingo with words that ended with y."
"We went over some of the SAT prep questions the student worked on since our last session. We discussed grammar rules that help find the right answers in the 'passage' questions. We also discussed clues in the questions, and ways to break down a word in the fill-in-the-blank questions. Then we talked about the essay she wrote since our last session. Finally, we did a recap of the main areas that we talked about, which can help her maintain these improvements going forward."