Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered reading comprehension and analogies, and vocabulary. The student is smart and capable, and I think growing his vocabulary will increase his placement exam potential score significantly."
"Tonight we started with some sample passages from the reading section of the exam. We did a total of around a dozen questions from three different passages each in the social sciences and fiction sections. The student is a very strong reader. His performs most impressively in vocab and is good at using context to help him define words. Specific to this topic, we discussed strategies he can employ to help him with difficult questions. Where he seems to need help is with conceptual questions concerning "tone" and implied meaning. We discussed strategies to help him in these categories. Such strategies include rereading the question, the passage and using key vocab. I believe we will work on more passages like these in the future. In math, we only spent a half hour reviewing algebra. He seems to need a little work in some algebraic concepts, such as solving for x in equations involving both multiplication and addition. I think we will continue to work on such problems. We then started to practice with probability which he seems to be able to execute in the calculation stage. However, I think we will spend some more time on the concept behind probabilities. Overall he is a bright student, and demonstrates it clearly in all our exercises."
"Worked solely on math. Reviewed strategies and the some of the practice problems in book and SSAT middle level Part One."
"Today's session is the last session that I will have with the student. As such, we worked on covering both verbal and math skills. We covered a little bit of every type of analogy and various types of synonyms. The big focus was on different strategies that could be used to answer the questions. After an hour, we moved onto studying math. We focused on examining the equation of finding perimeter, area, and volume of various 2D and 3D shapes."
"Tonight, the student took both the Reading and Verbal SSAT Upper Level diagnostic tests. He took verbal first, and I set a timer for 30 minutes (which is the amount of time on the actual test). He finished about 10 minutes early, but said that this was mainly because he didn't know a lot of the words and therefore guessed on a lot of questions. After this, he took a short break and then took the reading test timed, finishing it in 40 minutes (the amount of time on the real test). Reading was his highest score. However, I think the diagnostic tests show that there is a lot of room for improvement for him. With the diagnostic test results, I plan on targeting the main areas he is having trouble with, so he should hopefully boost his scores on the next practice tests he takes."
"We again worked on Alice in Wonderland. I advised the student to make sure to go back to the passage to find the context for each question and watch for the ordering of the events to find the cause and effect. We then worked through analogies. He is to continue to work through them coming up with his own sentences to show the relationship between the words."