Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Started with long multiplication and expanded into even more difficult problems. Reviewed vocab and did some online verbal skills quizzes. Then spent the majority of the session working on the essay section. Began with a prompt and worked through it. There were some minor difficulties but the student managed to come up with a promising first essay."
"Today I kicked things off by having the student review the graphic organizer she created for sample essay question 2 (about the perfect career for her some day). I then, as though she was taking the real thing, read the instructions for the essay portion out loud and put 21 minutes on the clock for her to write. She finished with lots of time to spare. I made the point that while her ability to get her ideas quickly on to paper is a valuable one, because she always ends up with extra or unused time during our essay practice runs, it would behoove her to slow down and ask the why/ when/ where/ how questions that will push her to provide more vivid examples in her writing -- details and examples that really 'paint the picture' for the reader or audience. I also cautioned her to not fall back on the phrases or transitions she is most comfortable with too often, as this can be perceived as redundant. For example, she mentioned that she is passionate about acting because she works hard at it a few times, but not in varied ways and not effectively (did not use it to reiterate her thesis/ main idea or to tie disparate ideas together). We very much focused on bringing in the details. The student had no problem vocalizing the names of plays she had performed in, talking about the structure of rehearsal, etc., but had not incorporated any of this into her writing. From here, I worked with her on the two remaining pages of Mathematics Achievement. I left the final three pages of the Quantitative Reasoning section with her, concluding the placement exam practice test. While completing problems in the MA section, we had to do quick reviews on mixed numbers and improper fractions, understanding decimals in relation to fractions, and the mean, mode, and median. Most of the time we found that problems containing a particularly difficult concept or seemingly lengthy process could be shortened significantly or solved pretty easily using the working backwards strategy."
"- we worked on prime factors and adding/subtracting/dividing/multiplying negative numbers. - We also worked on word sense and word context."