Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We did math content review, including exponents, functions, systems of equations, geometry, and more. There were just a few things that she needed to brush up on (topics from 8-9th grade math, for example). We then did practice from the back of the book where she did well on, but she will need to continue to practice on her own in order to best improve her score. We then went on to the vocabulary and short passages of a reading section, and she was able to correctly answer all sentence completions and short passage questions. I will send her content review practice and vocabulary review, but the best thing she can do on her own is to do as many practice sections as possible before her upcoming test."
"We began by discussing the format of the assessment. After a bit of practice with each question type, the student seemed to get much more comfortable and confident eliminating answer options and reaching the correct answer to each question. We spent the last 15 minutes or so beginning to review the math concepts that she will encounter on the exam. We will pick up where we left off next session."
"We continued preparing for the student's history final as well as for the subject test. We looked at her study guide for her test and made sure that was coming together well, and we also worked through a practice subject test. We are both confident that she will be able to adequately prepare in time for the test."
"Today the student and I continued working on exam preparation. We started going through the questions she had trouble with, stopping to go over the topics in whole. We covered series, logs, and exponents in great depth and made study guides for them. We have now made study guides for around half of the topics. We only got through about half of the multiple choice problems. She will try to do the remainder for next week's session and come with questions."
"The student did two practice tests for homework and we started the session by going over the questions she got wrong. Her scores for both math and writing are consistently in the high ranges. Her critical reading is less consistent but is still solid. We went over exponent rules and did a bunch of practice math problems using exponents and special symbol functions. I also had her do two essays during our session and we talked about how to improve them."
"Today we worked on two different practice test sets of critical reading. We took notes of vocabulary words that the student needed to look up and made a plan for him to do more practice tests to prepare for the assessment. He is a very smart student who only needed slight guidance in answering and understanding the questions."
"I worked with the student on the last practice test he finished from the assessment test prep, which he scored highly on. We are meeting one more time next week before the assessment."
"We began with a timed reading section, checked it, then the student re-did each wrong answer, talking through it until she arrived at the correct answer. We focused on context clues, word roots, and connotations when encountering unknown vocabulary. We finished with a writing section and a grammar review."
"We covered US History and World History practice problems. I didn't see any scores or grades. She struggled most with US History. I left her with websites that review US and World History. I had no concerns."
"Today the student and I worked on the Reading portion of the test. We started by going over some strategies that could help her work efficiently and remain focused on the main idea of the passage. For the most part she missed 2 questions per passage and one of these was usually due to a misunderstanding of the question. With more practice she will become more accustomed to reading the questions correctly. For homework I asked the student to complete the Math and English sections she had leftover from last week, and to check for any remaining gaps in these subjects."
"The student had made great progress this semester. Her scores all started around the ~700 range, and they are now consistently in the ~750+ range. She should do very well on the upcoming test a week from Saturday. Today we worked through some more practice sections, focusing especially on critical reading."
"During this lesson, the student and I continued our work on reading comprehension. It is difficult to train students to think critically about what they've read, especially when what they've read is deliberately confusing. Despite this, we made significant progress today in our efforts. Additionally, we began our work on the vocabulary questions. While it would be an inefficient use of our time to drill vocabulary with the test rapidly approaching, I worked with the student on a specific plan of action for this section that is particularly effective for words that students don't know. While he had a bit of difficulty resisting his natural inclinations, he is getting it. I believe he will soon be comfortable with the technique."