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Lemont, IL PSAT tutoring
The student and I met to begin preparations for his SAT test. We spent our session going through a series of mathematics problems; the student is still having trouble with some of the problems, but he's gaining confidence and accuracy on the problems on the test. We also began a list of techniques / terms that the student was struggling with -- he should be sure to review these and learn them! We'll keep working on this list when we meet next week.
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Lemont, IL PSAT tutoring
We started by discussing the test's expectations about a student's ability to read writing for performance, and then analyzing two genre samples. We moved on to practicing poetry analysis - we examined four sample poems and the student identified the modes based on specific meter and rhyme scheme, and noticed examples of all significant literary techniques present in the poems. Implemented summative assessment of vocabulary terms; the student's accuracy was around 85%, and she was confident that some light further review (and the multiple choice format of the SAT Lit test) would provide the necessary remaining support. We finished with a bit more guided practice, followed by more timed prep. The student's ability to analyze plot, characterization and theme is very high, and she continues to show progress with terminology (no understanding issues, just a matter of memorization).
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Lemont, IL PSAT tutoring
I began by checking the student's work on the three sections I had asked him to complete. He only got one math question incorrect, confirming my suspicions that he does not need to work extensively on this section. We reviewed both vocab sections, and one particular reading passage needed some review as well, in part because many of its questions were looking for figurative conclusions rather than literal ones. We worked through these, re-reading the passage as we went. The big theme in today's session was a reminder of the importance of process of elimination. The student and I used this plus the simple strategy of looking for positive and negative words to help correct his answers on the vocab section. We then used the same two strategies to work together on a lengthy vocab practice section. We also discussed the importance of root words, and I told him to refrain from studying our vocab flashcards in the upcoming weeks and instead focus in on the root word packet I had left him. This should help him recognize new words well enough to eliminate them using the positive/negative rule and similar strategies.
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