Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I covered topics he had trouble with on his official SAT, including dual verbal passages and some math problems. The parents indicated they would wait for his official score before seeing if more tutoring was necessary."
"The student and I first spoke at length about vocabulary and I gave her a list of common word roots, prefixes, and suffixes, and then we went over which ones she recognized and in what common words we could see examples of their meaning. I think since she has already studied the top 100 most common vocab words on SAT for school, studying word roots, etc., which she has not studied and which can apply to many more words will be the most helpful way to improve her scores on the vocab fill-in-the-blank questions. We spent most of this session on critical reading, in particular, the questions where you must reword the sentences to make them the most grammatically correct. We also did the first timed session today. She has no problem with pacing. I left her with sections for review as well as studying the word roots and prefixes/suffixes."
"I began this session working with Student 1 on root words and prefixes. I showed her how to use root words to figure out the meaning of words she may not know using similar words with the same root. We went through a list of 6th and 7th grade words that she didn't know and referred back to a list of root words and prefixes I had provided to figure out what these words meant. Student 1 understood the process as she had experience working with group words and was able to pick up on what we were doing. I left her with a list of root words and prefixes she could work on committing to memory to help improve her vocabulary. I then worked with Student 2 on her expository writing. We took her outline from the previous week and began turning it into a practice essay. She wrote out a great thesis statement, and we incorporated it into an introductory paragraph that outlined her essay to the reader. We worked on transitioning into the first and second body paragraphs and on incorporating her supporting details to make an argument in support of her thesis. We will finish her essay during our next session."