Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We picked up this weekend where we left off in the prep book, with pronouns, punctuation, and capitalization. One of the students had some questions about pronouns, and they both found some new topics and new details they either hadn't covered in class or had forgotten. We noted the topics that were more or less important to the test, and after each topic, they did a practice drill. They learned pretty well. Some drill questions were designed to introduce new tricks they might encounter on the test, so we went over the tricky questions in detail. I let them know I'm planning to give them 50 new vocabulary words next week, as it can be a good strategy to study a large volume of words in a short period of time, just so they're familiar with a variety of likely words. Until next week, their homework is to finish up a practice test we've worked through during multiple previous sessions - there are a couple of math sections they can both test themselves on - and to study vocabulary, with the goal of really high accuracy next week on the words they've been learning up to this point."
"We covered at least 1 to 2 problem sets of each exam section. The student was very open-minded and engaged with the material we were reviewing. The student did not really have issues with anything. He scored very high on almost each test except for one. I did include some strategies and pitfalls that the student may encounter when taking his test in the future, such as feeling burned out from taking a three-hour test, but no immediate strategies needed to be discussed. The student scored about 80 to 100 percent on almost every test, so I did not leave him with extra practice."
"The student and I began with some more Math practice today. We cleared up a confusion she had about whether to do multiplication or division first in order of operations. I then had her practice conversion between fractions, percents, and decimals. After that we took a look at word problems. I showed her some common words that can be translated directly into Math symbols and had her set up a few equations from word problems. Finally, we looked at ratio and proportion problems. I had to remind her how to do cross-multiplication, but she understands this concept now. In the second hour the student practiced some reading strategies. I identified the common question types she should look for (main idea, detail, author's opinion, inference), as finding the answer is a little different for each of these. I had her practice reading the first sentence of each paragraph to get an idea of the road map of the passage. I also asked her to look for key words in the questions to help find the location of the answer within the passage. I sent the student three practice passages for her to do before we next meet."