Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We started out today by going over the homework that the student completed this week and completing what he didn't get to. We focused mostly on math word problems. There were a few he had circled, not knowing how to approach them. He got a few more problems wrong than usual, but that's because they were more challenging than most of the problems he'll see on the test. With the wrong answers, it mostly came down to tricky wording or minor arithmetic error. To avoid this type of error, he can just slow down a little on word problems, notice certain red flags, and notate more. He needed some clarification for certain types of interest, rate, ratio, and work problems. I showed him how to use a ratio box to answer a very specific ratio problem type that usually shows up on standardized tests. He then did some timed math drills and we moved on to vocab. He's improving with his current list of words, but at a little slower rate now -- I gave him some extra words to study as well, but made sure they were all related to current words he's studying, so they will be easier to remember."
"This was our final session before the student took his exam, so we worked on a practice test. On section one he scored 41 of 60 on the verbal; on section four, math, we worked on the selected problems in order to focus on core concepts and strategies. We did a final review of problem-solving techniques and test-taking strategies, along with time management."
"We started today by going over some geometry flashcards since I had told the student to work towards memorizing different formulas for shapes. After the first few problems, I stopped coaching him and let him go through them himself. He performed very well and we also discussed test strategy for problems that involved algebra mixed in. He grasped these concepts very well! We then started a practice test for the quantitative reasoning portion of the test. He is going to send me his results when he finishes the last few problems and we will discuss from there."