Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We briefly went over a list of test-taking tips for multiple choice tests, and I gave him a reference copy. We also briefly looked at some examples of challenging vocabulary from "The Scarlet Letter," "The Great Gatsby," and "Into the Wild." I was making a point about the need to become an avid reader in order to build vocabulary and internalize literacy through exposure to a variety of well-written, sometimes challenging, texts. I showed him how even a well-read person still finds it necessary to look up the meanings of unfamiliar words. I found a document listing rules of divisibility for determining factors. I went over it with him and promised to print him a reference copy. The remainder of the session we went to the online practice tests and worked with reading comprehension: conclusions and inferences. With my assistance, he scored 100% on the Drawing Conclusions test. We are in progress on inferences and will resume next session. His dad participated at times and seemed pleased with our efforts."
"I began the session by quizzing the student on his vocab flashcards and having him work some math sets on percentages and algebra. The algebra was a breeze for him; it was just practice to keep him in the element. Next, I wrote a percentage translation table out for him and worked with him on a variety of short problems. I also wrote out 10 similar problems for him to complete for homework tomorrow, to reinforce the lesson. We also worked on sentence grammar, reiterating the double negative error in particular. He also worked some spelling sets, and I showed him a new rule of thumb for determining letter doubling when adding -ing and -ed suffixes. The other section we worked on was Verbal Reasoning, which he did really well on. I gave him about 15-20 new words to add to his pile of flashcards, and I'm hoping he'll be able to study those more consistently now that he has a little break in his schedule. We're planning on giving him a full practice test when I return, so I gave him a couple of complete, timed sections to complete around New Year's to prepare. At the end of the session, I also picked out some problem sets for him to do over break, about 30-45 minutes of homework every day. Every day has a specific assignment attached to it, which I rated light, medium, or heavy, in case he wants to rearrange his work based on the day's events. Overall, he did a good job pushing through and learning a couple of new concepts."
"I specifically covered the homework with the student. She just has to work in verbal and her mom indicated that we should also look into math, so I will send her homework accordingly."