Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today's tutorial was spent making introductions so that the student could let me know about her interests, her goals for our work together, her familiarity with the PSAT, and her course load and content. This information will assist me in refining a plan for improving her mastery of crucial PSAT skills. In this time, I gave a run-through of the PSAT's format and asked her to self-rate her abilities in different concept areas the exam tests. After this introductory conversation, we worked through critical reading and math PSAT problems so that I could gauge her abilities beyond her self-ratings. She articulated her approach to each problem, allowing me to hear how she interprets reading passages, eliminates wrong answer choices, and applies different formulas and math rules to common PSAT question types. I was able to preview her on some strategies that will help her, and she was able to identify several of her test-taking strengths and weaknesses. From there, we talked about methods we will use to prepare her for her exam sitting. One primary method is constant reading and analysis of readings. We are devising a document that we can add possible readings for her to explore. This will sharpen her ability to intuit grammatical and structural errors in writing, the primary skill tested in the exam's writing section, and to do similar literary analysis in the critical reading section of the exam. On Sunday, we will finish the math assessment problems and begin working on critical reading strategy in-depth."
"The student worked on a math section from an assessment practice test. We worked on vocabulary using flashcards. We also discussed the assessments in more general terms, including the tests' structures and the reasons for them, the reasons they are taken, and the scores that she should eventually be aiming for."
"We met each other and talked about how sessions would run, as well as what the student's goals are for tutoring. We worked on reading comprehension and some vocabulary. He is looking to improve upon his vocabulary knowledge. I left him with some words to learn for next time."
"The session went very well. The student is improving in her math and English skills. We worked on algebraic functions and semicolons today. For homework, she is going to do some more practice on functions to ensure she understands, as they are an important part of the test."
"The session went very well. We went over atomic structure and how the properties of atoms explain certain periodic trends. We also covered bonding, VSEPR theory of molecular and electron geometry, and how these can be used to compare bond angles of various molecules. We worked on several stoichiometry problems and went over the ideal gas law. The student seemed to do well and understand the concepts we went over. He asked me to send him some sort of diagnostic test, so I'll send it to him in the next few days, so that he can do it before our next meeting."
"The student is a very very intelligent student. I did an assessment to see where his strengths and weakness are. I've concluded his math skills are impeccable. Also, he has strong reading comprehension. As far as I can tell, his main weakness is answering the question. In other words, he doesn't focus on what the question wants. Also, he misses some of the nuisance words in the answer choices. We are working on these test skills first."