Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student took the SSAT last Saturday and said he thought it went better than the previous session. He will be taking the test again soon, so we continued to practice time trials on math and verbal analogy sample problems."
"The student and I worked on the most difficult type of math questions she'll face. She got the majority of them correct, and, for the ones she got wrong, the difficulty she had was really with making the problems too difficult in her own mind."
"Focused on vocabulary and roots for the synonym portion of the Verbal section of the SSAT. The student needs to be reviewing the roots, in addition to vocabulary in general."
"We worked on the verbal section of the SSAT since that's the only section of the test that's significantly different from the ISEE - next time we'll get to work on math!"
"The student and I reviewed the math concepts we covered last time, using the second math diagnostic test she took and questions I made up based on her weaker areas. We will meet again on Saturday."
"The student did pretty well on the reading homework, answering about 3/4 of the questions correctly. We discussed the questions he got wrong and those that required inference. He has also been studying vocabulary, so I quizzed him on the meaning of some roots and prefixes. We once again reviewed fractions, percents, and decimals for the math section. He generally works quickly and accurately. He focused very well in today's session and I think he's making good progress."
"The student and I worked on the math section of the SSAT this week. First we went over a practice section she had taken over the week. We then went on to focus on certain topics, mainly geometry and fractional word problems. For next week, she will do another practice math section, along with practice reading comprehension and analogy questions."
"We worked through an entire practice verbal session, including synonyms and analogies, and considered the best approaches to answering questions that feature unfamiliar words. I also provided the student with lists of commonly-occurring SSAT vocabulary (linked to a website with digital flashcards), Greek and Latin roots, and common prefixes and suffixes. In the second half of the session, we began our unit on geometry, focusing on calculating angle measurements and working with right triangles."
"The student and I worked on writing today, as well as a few minutes of math. He and I spent a good bit of time discussing the types of essay questions, as well as how to use his time wisely and outline his thoughts. He then wrote his essay for 15 minutes, and then we went over it. He wanted to answer the creative question, but picked the more essay-style, and answered it in a poem/essay combination. Then, at the very end of our time, we did a few math problems. I also gave him some homework for our next meeting."
"Today, we worked on a bit of each section, but focused the mostly on reading comprehension. Our practice passages had some of each type of question; primarily, they were the more challenging types of questions like inference, tone, and word in context. The student did well overall, and did especially well on the inference questions, which he had difficulties with last week. For the next session, we'll continue to work on reading comprehension and analogies."
"The student's mother had noticed that she needs particular help with percentages, fractions, and decimals, so I suggested having her older sister work through some of the math skills the student might have missed when she skipped a grade in math. After that, we went through some strategies for solving analogies and the synonyms section. I left her with some analogies practice questions to answer before our next session."
"We focused on SSAT Verbal and Math. In doing so, we covered the Synonyms part of the verbal section, did example problems and practice drills, and defined unknown words. We then covered the Basic Arithmetic part of the math section, did practice problems, and redid problems that were missed."