Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I'm sure that the student told you by now that he did quite on the questions he has done on the test. We discussed the questions that he asked for help on and general tips on vocab. We worked on dissecting words more and we also went over more words in his book. I recommended for him to use color coded flashcards or an app that does something similar. I explained the importance of color coding and using colors to define words. The fact is that learning vocab organically (without reading tons of books) is very difficult. The most important thing is for him to trust his instinct and think logically and he is definitely getting better at both of those."
"We spent the entire time reviewing area, perimeter, circumference and surface area and volume of various shapes."
"Tonight we started with a couple of 'questions of the day' based on reading comprehension. We then moved on to a practice test on literal comprehension. The student scored an 85%. Then we took a 'how to find the details' practice test. He scored 100% on this. He and I had a discussion about if he could see any differences in the way he read. He told me he is starting to read faster, and is starting to pick out keywords and phrases when he reads. He also let me know that he is taking better notes for his reading-focusing on summarizing, rather than copying paragraphs from the book word for word. Next, we focused on vocabulary in context. We looked at how these questions were written, and paid attention to the answer options. By focusing on these two things the student was able to eliminate some of the answers, and strategize his answer, even when he had no idea what the word was. We practiced these techniques by taking a vocabulary practice test. After that we worked on how to find the implied characteristics, in regards to vocabulary."
"The student and I worked through approximately 40 SAT math questions. We introduced more complicated geometry and graphing questions, including the perimeter of unusual objects and interpreting bar graphs, lines of best fit, and positive & negative/linear & nonlinear correlation. We also continued working on inequalities and exponents."
"The student completed a calculator Math section. He missed 19 problems, so there's a lot of math to cover. We first reviewed the questions he missed and discussed several math topics: slope, quadratic equations, and manipulating variables. I assigned him two math worksheets."
"Tonight we worked on several skills for fourth grade math. This included rounding, angle identification, identifying lines and rays, and multistep word problems. The student did a great job; she was focused and worked hard. We talked most in depth about how to round, and she will have some extra practice on rounding."