Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"At the beginning of today's session, we decided to do some additional practice in Reading and Math. We started with the Reading section. I allowed the student to work through some Vocabulary-in-Context questions, stepping in to clarify definitions of difficult words when necessary. I continue to be impressed with the student's ability to infer meaning from word parts using reasoning. We also read through several Reading Comprehension passages and worked on the questions together, with the student talking through her reasoning about each question. I noticed she can answer these questions with almost 100% accuracy; her reading and reasoning skills are very advanced. After this, we moved on to a Math practice section. She has also shown marked improvement in this area, especially excelling in algebra questions. On each question, I would allow her to work on her own unless she got stuck or made an error, and sometimes I would suggest a faster problem-solving strategy. I want to make sure she can adapt and streamline her techniques for the timed test, so I will probably introduce the element of a time limit in our next session."
"The student and I worked on PSAT reading and writing. We went through a practice test she had taken that week to discuss the questions she got wrong. Then I had her talk through questions with me from a practice test so that I could better understand her process. She is obviously very smart and motivated, so I am confident she will be successful on the test. She has some great skills, like eliminating answers she knows are wrong. She is most concerned about questions that involve two passages, particularly those that ask about tone or intent. We discussed ways to go about reading and marking up these types of passages. We also talked about common themes in two-passage questions. She had some questions about vocabulary, and we talked about ways to go about figuring out those questions. Finally, we went over common themes of writing passages (subject-verb agreement, active voice). We discussed how sometimes it can be useful to cross out clauses or lists to make sure the sentence is correct and how saying the sentence out loud can be beneficial."
"For homework, the student had completed the math section of a PSAT practice test. We began our session by reviewing his answers. He struggled most with some of the trickier word problems, so we discussed how to set up equations to solve them. I kept a log of math concepts to review over the coming weeks. The student then took a reading comprehension practice test. Since the PSAT is coming soon, I wanted to assess him in all areas to see where we would need to focus most. We began going over his answers at the end of the session and will finish next week. For homework, he will work on additional reading section and study new vocabulary words."