Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I began by reviewing fraction arithmetic with the student. He understands it well, and I gave him some homework sheets to reinforce the concepts. We then went over the verbal section and talked about vocabulary strategies and strategies for the sentence completions. Finally, we worked on reading comprehension."
"Today, we began by reviewing the vocabulary that I had assigned. It's his weakest area on the test, so I want to spend the most time on it. I assigned some more for him to review this weekend. He is a very bright kid, which makes introducing topics easy. We went over coordinates, and he picked it up pretty quick, but I'm worried about his retention. I've got a couple areas in math that he needs a little focus on, so my plan for the upcoming weeks is to cycle through reviewing them all."
"Today we worked mostly on essays and reading comprehension and I had him work on an essay during our session. We went over several reading passages to work on comprehension. I have taught him techniques to help him with identifying answers in the passage."
"Math- Covered operational skills. Reading Comprehension- Completed two practice exercises. Vocabulary- Completed one practice exercise."
"The student and I discussed the meetings with his previous tutor and what they had accomplished thus far. The student and I reviewed the structure of the placement exam, of which he was unaware, including the sections/ timing/ types of questions, etc. We also began working on the practice test, starting with the Verbal Reasoning section. He completed both the synonyms and sentence completion subsections and performed quite well. We only had time to begin the first few questions of the Quantitative Reasoning section, which we plan to complete next session. He was able to successfully answer about 75-80% of the questions correctly on his own. We briefly discussed strategies for answering the sentence completion questions (i.e. cover the answer choices, come up with your own answer first and see if one of the multiple choice options is close to your answer) and for enhancing vocabulary (reading for pleasure, making flashcards of vocab words in the appendix of his placement exam book, etc.)."
"I quizzed the student on her vocab flashcards, and had her make up sentences with the new vocab. We went over reading comprehension and math achievement sections of a practice test she had taken."
"Student and I went over sample of vocabulary, comprehension, reading, math problems, analogies, and strategies for unknown vocabulary."
"We reviewed the division problems I had assigned the student last week and then started working on sentence completion. We used the rest of our time to put her math practice to use with some full math problems."
"Today was my first session with the students. Being twin 5th grade boys, they are both very energetic. Both of them are extremely bright, so I think they'll do equally well (and get high scores) on the test. Today, we went through some practice problems in the exam prep booklet. We worked on Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning and a little bit of Reading Comprehension. What ended up working best was assigning them both a column of problems to work on quietly, at the same time, finding where each of them had issues, and using those issues as opportunities to sharpen up their math concepts and to talk about test-taking strategy. I have a list of concepts to revisit during our next session. They're starting school next week, so I'll wait to ask about their workload before deciding whether or not more homework problems will be a good idea."
"Reviewed home work assigned - essay, vocabulary. Reviewed structure of essay and pin point the areas of strength as well as areas to be adjusted. Assigned home work: Math, essay and vocabulary. Still need to focus on writing persuasive essays."
"We worked on vocabulary and reading comprehension, reviewed reducing fractions and began converting fractions to equivalent fractions with different denominators for the purpose of adding fractions."
"During this lesson, the student and I reviewed her reading comprehension strategy. We also continued to review basic concepts in math. She is very good at math."