Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I spent the first 15 to 20 minutes getting to know the student. She is pretty shy, pretty quiet, but once I got her talking about dance, her favorite books, and her two dogs, she seemed at ease and more receptive to me and the task at hand. The student had a prep book and, per the usual, I had a practice test on me. The student completed the entire verbal reasoning success, and with good success. There were a couple words she got stuck on, but she did a good job of physically crossing out unlikely answers, narrowing down answers, accessing prior knowledge, etc. We then started tackling the quantitative reasoning practice set. A couple of things of note: the student seems very comfortable with variables, with understanding that they represent values or some unknown, strong when it comes to mental math, and has a keen sense of order of operations. The one tool or technique I modeled for her when we got to the second page of practice questions (as the questions got harder) was depicting problems visually (e.g., drawing a number line or the associated shape or a diagram). She came to realize that she had much fewer doubts or uncertainties about what next steps to take or how to extend her line of thinking to apply a pattern to a set of data when she had a visual representation of the numbers or values detailed in the problem."
"I had the student complete as much of a full diagnostic test as possible. We went over all questions."
"Today we covered more math, going over the missed quantitative reasoning questions and plan on using our last session to play a game for some vocab prep! The student's just about ready to go!"