Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I continued working on the SSAT reading section. We worked through several passages and discussed strategies for working through difficult questions including quickly eliminating obviously wrong answers and returning to the text to find evidence for or against the two or three best choices. The more general questions, such as "What is this passage primarily about?" and "What would be the best title for this passage?" were the most difficult for her and these types of questions will be the focus of her practice. Between our Thursday and Sunday sessions, she will complete two timed SSAT sections as we discussed, one in math and one in reading, so that we can go over her answers on Sunday."
"The student had completed his homework: a math packet I left, one reading comprehension section, and two verbal diagnostics. We reviewed all items. He continues to add vocabulary to his stock through taking and then reviewing the verbal tests with me. We talked about using knowledge about prefixes to help determine a word's meaning: i.e., dis, un, and in generally meaning the word following is "not" itself. I created a math toolkit of about 16 -18 categories and reviewed half of the concepts, which he is remembering and mastering. Next week, we will review the remainder and reinforce with examples. The student is progressing well. He will continue to remind himself to 'write' out his math figuring, as he sees the mistakes that happen when he does all the solving in his head."
"We covered math practice test one, section 4, and practice test two, section 1, out of the practice book for the middle level SSAT. We also went over three passages the student had yet to complete in the practice book's critical reading sections of the practice tests. He did well on the critical reading. He is to complete a review of all the math problems we covered today for homework. He is doing well."
"The student and I used the online resources today for verbal work (analogies and vocabulary), plus reading comprehension. I had him download a core list of 75 SSAT words to review for tomorrow and in the next few days so that we can keep building his vocabulary. We reviewed the list of math concepts on the test and took stock of what he learned in school versus what he needs more practice on (slope questions, for example). He will write a practice essay for tomorrow."
"The student and I went over practice math problems for the SSAT. He excelled at pattern recognition and defining linear functions, but he needed a quick refresher on the properties of negative exponents and nested fractions. I also introduced him to geometric series. He found it a bit mind-bending that the sum of an infinite series could be expressed so simply, but he had no trouble in practice applying the rules we talked about. He should review what the important values are to look for in a geometric series and where they fit into the formula."
"The student and I went over questions she had about math problems she had done and then we worked through reading. I think she is in really good shape so far for her test. Her homework is to look through the remaining diagnostic tests for questions she would like help on, and then email me the numbers."