Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I focused on the reading comprehension section of the test today. As he had completed a practice critical reading section for homework, we began by looking at the questions he answered incorrectly or not at all in order to try to find the right answers. Many of the questions he did not answer correctly were linked to a pair of reading comprehension passages on Martin Luther King Jr.; we went through them carefully in order to gain a better understanding of the passages. The primary strategy we worked on was gaining understanding of a passage through underlining and note-taking. He seemed to understand the passages better using these strategies. We then were able to apply the strategies to another reading comprehension passage, which he did better with. I left him with another set of passages to read for homework. On Wednesday, we will take a look at those, and we will continue using these strategies as we move forward."
"The student and I discussed an essay topic, discussing a different approach as to how she can structure her essay topic. It seemed to work better than last session's, and I am encouraged by the results. I also reviewed some math problems with her as well, primarily in arithmetic and algebra but also in geometry. For next session I have assigned her a practice test to gauge her progress."
"We are in the final month before the test, so we took this session to correct a few practice sections and then compile the student's notes into 1 page study guides for each section. These included a general motto/strategy for the section (search for operative words in the math questions, for example), as well as technical notes and guides to each specific type of question he would encounter. This made for a productive review session and allowed us to step back and consolidate his knowledge in order to set an agenda for the next month. The student is extremely strong in critical reading, and he has all the necessary knowledge for math and verbal, but we will continue to study the different types of questions so he can eliminate any surprises on the test day. We will focus on the essay next week after reviewing the full practice test that I assigned him."