Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we began by reviewing the challenge problems that I had left the student with yesterday. Again, she had reviewed all of her flashcards and had attempted the homework, so she was in a great place to start. These problems were pretty difficult, and asked that she go beyond the basics to actually put word problems into algebraic formulas. We reviewed these concepts together. Afterwards, we switched to the reading comprehension section. At first, she was rushing to get the answers, and not checking her choices back with the passage. Once I showed her time and explained that she did not need to go so quickly and that she should be able to explain why for each answer, she began to do much better. Her accuracy and speed in reading are both excellent. I estimate she will score at least 90% correct on this section and is reading above grade level. Lastly, we switched to the verbal reasoning section. She was able to use some of the vocabulary skills I taught her, like breaking down words, to be able to infer the meaning of new words. However, much of the vocabulary was simply based on memorization. For the second half of the verbal section, she continued to score exceedingly well- working both quickly and accurately. Her reasoning skills are very strong, and as long as she knows the vocabulary to be able to determine patterns in the analogies, she will score at least a 90% in this section as well. I am certain she is above grade level in this. I left her with a bit of extra practice: I asked that she finish the rest of the verbal reasoning section, the reading comprehension section, and that she make flash cards with the unfamiliar words. I left her with optional extra practice to attempt the quantitative section."
"We worked on reading comprehension, synonyms, and analogies to prepare him for test in September. He struggles with test anxiety, so I also helped him with techniques to reduce the anxiety."
"The student worked on math, pp. 101-106 of his placement exam prep book. He began mastering PEMDAS operations and did an especially good job on math involving positive and negative numbers; we introduced the concepts of absolute numbers."