Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I started by running a short writing session for one of the students covering her Euro DBQ. She has the most trouble understanding document POV and groupings. To help with this, we went through all 11 documents for one essay, unpacking each. We also talked about some general writing tips. With the other student, we covered some math problems. He missed some of the easier problems due to rushing, but he got many of the harder problems and understands the content. We also covered a few science reasoning sections. He has an extremely high accuracy in this section. The only type he has trouble with are the text-only passages. He's doing some of these for homework. As long as he does well, we can probably move on from this to other sections entirely, just returning for a quick review right before the test."
"In the math section covered, the student made a couple mistakes by not addressing what the questions were asking. To rectify this, I reminded him that he needs to always keep in mind what the question is asking for. Other than that, the other major topic we focused on was geometry. It became very clear that he was missing some basic geometrical knowledge, like how many degrees are in various polygons and how to calculate the area of a triangle, so I spent time teaching those concepts. With reading, the student did very well. He got tripped up on one fill-in-the-blank question, as he didn't know the vocab involved. And then, he was hung up on less than a handful of reading comprehension questions. His problem stemmed from a difficulty in close reading. After I helped him find the correct answers, I asked him to prepare one-paragraph summaries of the two reading passages. His one summary was good but not great, and his second summary was poor/OK. I plan to have him write more of these summaries in the future so he can get better with understanding these passages. While we were discussing the passages, I shared with him the idea of each paragraph having a topic sentence and how those topic sentences should be at least mentioned in his summary. For next time, I assigned the rest of Practice Test #1: Sections 5-10, to do not timed and on the given answer sheets. I told him to start studying with the flashcards when they arrive, and to memorize all the "Reference Information" located at the start of the math section and the total number of degrees in various polygons. Lastly, I would just like to say that this student is a pleasure to work with. He's always focused and trying his best."
"The student and I reviewed problems and strategies in all three sections of the test, and planned the rest of our sessions up to the test in March."