Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on analogies and started to review fractions and factors/multiples. He also took a half-hour timed diagnostic test."
"The student and I looked over the high school proficiency test books I got from the library, and his book/study guide he brought from home. We decided his study guide will be a perfect review to look over in between our sessions. The book that the student brought has a lot of information in it, and he said he doesn't know where to start in this book. We came up with a plan to mark the pages with sticky notes to make it easier to study from. We started a comprehension practice test and then switched gears to verbal skills. We covered analogies and verbal classification. The student does very well on these topics. His main struggle is reading comprehension. We are continuing to work on how to read faster through skimming, and how to find the main idea. The student and I have decided to work on reading comprehension every time we meet. He will be practicing his reading skills-finding the main idea and skimming in the homework he receives from school."
"Together we went in depth exploring and discussing grammar rules, so that he would better understand the rules he was working with as he does the language section of the placement test. Having a more solid understanding of the fundamentals of grammar that were lacking before will absolutely help him, and he was already starting to understand a little better ideas and concepts he was struggling with before. In the SAT vocabulary novel, we went over about two thirds of one chapter, picking out all the bolded vocabulary words and discussing the ones he didn't know. He mentioned during the lesson itself that the method of reading a story that had vocabulary in it was helping him remember many more words much more easily, which was very encouraging to hear. The homework I left him with was simply to keep reading. I assigned him to keep reviewing his textbooks, including sections we hadn't gone over together, and to write down any questions he had so we can go over them in our next session. Additionally, I assigned him 3 more chapters of reading in his vocab novel, as well as to finish the chapter we started together. We'll go over both books next Tuesday and discuss his progress, and then start working our way back through language sections he's already done to see if he scores any better with more grammar rules and vocabulary words under his belt."