Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on SSAT practice test three, part two, page 325; the student answered questions 17 through 25 and had five of eight correct. We reviewed answers and discussed solutions. I reminded her about the need to practice active learning techniques and markup questions and answers to correlate them for purposes of facilitating checking her work."
"We went over a few of the reading questions from last time. We spend most of today going over the vocab practice section of her English-centric book. A few words to look up and only the difficult and challenge sections left! We'll look at some math next time."
"Today we worked on differentiating between greatest common factor and least common multiple, and how that relates to fractions. Then she did a practice set of synonyms (vocabulary). We returned to fractions to review adding and subtracting with determining the common denominator. Lastly we worked on improper fractions and mixed numbers and going between the two. She also did a short section on reading comprehension and she did very well."
"She and I practiced reading and math. She is definitely improving in both sections -- she's reading more in-depth and with an eye for detail and remembering approached to different math problems now that she's seen them a few times."
"We continued on statistics and probability. The student has improved in the topic. We also went over vocab analogies which has improved greatly. Will begin proctoring mock test sessions next week."
"First, I reviewed the math practice exercises that she did during the week, and helped her work through the questions that she didn't understand. I brought a practice worksheet with percent word problems and helped her work through these. It took a few problems, but then she started to get the hang of the concept. Her main struggle was to translate what the problem asked for into fractions that she could then solve from. She does need to continue to practice these problems to get more comfortable with them. At the end, I gave her a unit conversion worksheet and she did very well on that. We talked about how important it is to keep focus, especially at the end of a long tutoring session because it is good practice for the test which will also be long."
"We went over the reading section from the other book. We also went over the verbal section. She did VERY well on the analogy section."
"The student and I have done some vocabulary work using roots to help discern the meaning of compound words. However, roots have not helped much with unfamiliar shorter words. So I put together a list of about 80 single-syllable words that she may find on the SSAT. We started our session yesterday afternoon looking over this list, and I tried to see which words she had some association with. For the less familiar words, we discussed the meaning and short phrases that could help her to remember the definition. Next, we looked over her math homework, which wasn't too difficult. We concluded by working through some synonym practice problems. She did pretty well with these."
"Today she and I focused on critical reading. We worked one complete critical reading sections in pieces to allow us to discuss the questions she missed. She also completed the practice test she started a few weeks ago; her final scores were 767 math, 670 reading, and 717 verbal. All of her scores are strong but her math score is especially impressive! We're going to continue to focus on reading during our next few sessions as this was her lowest score."
"She and I went over advanced geometry problems involving the area of inscribed circles and the measures of angles in circumscribed figures. She and I also went over the answers to a practice verbal reasoning section from the prep book. She expressed an interest in learning Greek and Latin roots, and so I will compile a list of these with example words for her to peruse. I then introduced to her how to find equations of a line using the 3 common forms: standard form, point-slope, and slope-intercept. Emma seemed to grasp the concept of slope and the y-intercept well, and I will send her some more example problems to do. I also left her with a practice math section from the SSAT and a reading comprehension section. Next session, I will focus on sequences, series, and probability with her, as well as vocabulary."
"The student and I had a great session! We focused our session on Geometry topics, which included practice in determining the perimeter/circumference, area, and volume of various shapes. We also learned new concepts regarding special-case triangles, including angle relationships and the Pythagorean Theorem. She did well on the practice problems, but still seems to rely on my assistance to assure her she is going in the right direction. She is going in the right direction! Her homework is to practice solving one- and two- step equations. Next session, I would like to review more new Geometry concepts, such as slope and equations for lines."
"Focused on the Verbal section of the SAT; predominantly working on synonym questions, Latin roots, and improving vocabulary. She needs to continue working on her knowledge of word roots and increasing her vocabulary."