Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"When we began the session, the student showed me two practice tests he had taken during the week. He scored 35/39 (90%) in reading and 45/51 (88%) in quantitative skills. We did an online practice test on verbal/logic. It was rated "difficult", but with guidance, he scored 80%, in the top 10% of his peers. We spent most of the remainder of the session working on an online self-paced math program on solving multi-step problems. He reached the half-way mark at "mastery" level. We will take it to "excellent/completed" tomorrow. I am not sure if tomorrow will be our last session or whether the family may opt for a couple more during winter break, which just began. Note: I also loaned him some Richard Matheson short stories and films on DVD to whet his appetite for literature via the example of a modern master. The reluctant reader now seems eager to dive into some engaging literature. I take that as an excellent sign that, beyond the immediate issue of passing the test, he may also be developing the literacy skills and habits of mind needed for higher learning. This has been, in my professional opinion, an optimum outcome. My complements to the hard-working student and his supportive parents."
"The student is in elementary school and had a couple of homework pages and a test to study for tomorrow. Her homework and the test were on ratios, and we worked through each problem, her doing the problem first, and me giving her faster ways to do the work and giving her some extra problems to reinforce the techniques we worked on together. We worked especially on ratio tables, trying a few different types of examples, and looking at different types of problems that work or don't work well with ratio tables. We found that for her, ratio tables are good for working step-by-step from small numbers up to bigger multiples. We also looked at a few multiplication and division shortcuts, as well as time-saving strategies for finding least common multiples and greatest common factors. She expressed some concern about timing, saying that she's slow with arithmetic, so I think the shortcuts (coupled with an understanding of when they are and aren't helpful, and an understanding of where they come from) will help her in testing situations. By the end of the session, the student said she felt ready for the test."
"Today the student and I discussed her struggles with the exam. She took a math practice test. We also went over sentence structure and subject-verb agreement. I gave the student homework about comma usage. It was a good session."