Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In reading, we looked at a few passages and discussed skills for finding the main idea and looking for support for an answer in the text. We also looked at some more vocabulary words. In today's session, the student and I worked on applying the skills we talked about with fractions to solving and simplifying algebraic expressions that included fractions. We also reviewed her practice section in her book that she had done for homework. There are still a few areas to work on, but the skills we have already covered saw a vast improvement. Today we also discussed her expectations for the test. I told her that she does not have to get a 100% on this test because it is not like a classroom test. Since the SSAT is a norm-referenced test, most students do not score 100% on each section. When I finished explaining this to her, she was visibly calmer and said that she felt more comfortable taking the test than she had before because she thought if she didn't get a 100% that the school of her choice would not accept her. I will speak with her mother about this at our next session as well."
"I started with Student K today. We went over a new set of flashcards, then went on to algebra. She needs to actually do the long division when she encounters division problems. She wants to shortcut or try to guess and check with multiplication, but she needs to go through the long division to avoid mistakes. Other than that her equation solving is good. We then covered translating word problems into math equations. I told her it was like translating to Spanish in that you can take one word and translate it into one symbol. I then asked her to set up and solve some word problems with fractions and percents. Student J and I worked together the second hour. He is making good progress on his flashcards. We went over solving equations for algebra. He needs to remember to add or subtract first to isolate the term with the variable before trying to multiply or divide. He also had trouble with the division, especially with decimals. He is on the right track but he needs to stay focused and not give up too soon on problems. He did a good job with inequalities. We covered translation of word problems as well and I gave him the same recommendation as his sister. He did very well with these. As they have six days until our next session I asked them both to take a full practice test from the review book before next week. They should time themselves to make it as much like the actual test as possible, so next Saturday they will already have a sense of what they will be asked to do, and so they can practice pacing themselves."
"We went over percentages and reading graphs, mean, median, mode, and range. We covered vocabulary words that have multiple meanings."