Today we began with our daily warm up, the Question of the Day (sentence completion, which she answered correctly). We then went over and discussed the assigned chapters in the review book (the math section, the calculator, and fun with fundamentals), specifically focusing on avoiding simple errors, crossing out incorrect answers, slowing down, process of elimination, avoiding too obvious/ simple processes, getting really comfortable with her calculator, using the calculator judiciously and carefully, familiarizing self with formulas, prime numbers, distributive law, and the ins/outs of exponents. We then reviewed the previous PSAT that she took, finishing up the grid-ins of the 2nd section, of which she answered 5 correctly (4 medium, 1 easy), omitted 3 (all hard), and chose 2 incorrect answered (both hard). From going over the problems with her new strategies and concepts, she identified the following areas to work on: cross-multiplying, catching details, starting with the grid-ins vs. multiple choice, drawing visuals, not being afraid of functions, and asking what the question is asking for. We then began to discuss the importance of and strategies to acquire vocabulary words, specifically the high frequency ones. She will learn one page's worth of words per day, using flashcards to learn the ones she doesn't know yet and incorporating strategies such as roots and similar words, the image approach, "sounds like," using word in sentence, mnemonics, multiple definitions, positive/ neutral/ negative valences, and word clusters. Finally, I administered a 20-minute timed practice math section to check for understanding and synthesizing of the last several sessions' material.
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