Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered SSAT analogies. We also covered math. For our next session the student is assigned further analogies reading and math reading."
"We went over 50 vocab cards and quizzed her on some word roots. Began math drills - did 20 pages of fractions, proportions, percentages, exponents, roots, etc. She is getting much better at translating these types of problems, e.g. of = multiply, difference = subtract, is = equal, as well as translating problems like length is increased by 20% = L+.2L. I also taught her the strategy of substituting in numbers when there are concepts she finds hard to grasp. E.g. sold 30%, then another 20% of the remainder, how much of original is left? In the last half of our session we also went over drills for finding information from a reading passage and more analogies. I have also assigned some additional analogies for homework as well as more vocab."
"The student took a middle level SSAT practice test. We noted the areas that were challenging. I left her with homework for the next session."
"Reviewed score report from previous testing and compared scores from middle level and upper level tests. Focused on vocabulary building: synonyms, roots, and words that are common to the test. The student's job during the week is to use as many words as possible in everyday applications from her word list."
"We continued to focus on critical reading - working through a number of practice tests in his prep books. The student has a list of words he has missed, and should continue to work through them, so that he is prepared if/when he encounters them on test day."
"Administered vocabulary quizzes from previously assigned words. Critiqued previous essays and discussed the graphic organizer method for assisting organization of their essay topics. Gave additional essay question and made them utilize the graphic organizers. Also gave the students a list of all commonly found vocabulary on the SAT exam to study."
"We drilled vocabulary as usual, went over last week's synonyms and analogy homework, and did some SSAT reading passages together. I left the students with some reading passage homework for next week."
"We did a comprehensive review of strategies we've discussed thus far at our sessions. We did some practice sections, timed to ensure that the student was fine with the timing, and he is. He needs to work on focusing and being able to concentrate towards the end of sections."
"We began the session looking at the analogy strategy section in the review text book. We reviewed types of relationships between words, using POE, and how to attack problems when we don't know the meaning of one of the words. Next, we moved on to vocabulary and synonyms, pp. 226-231. Then we practiced these skills on the practice test. The student is getting better at identifying relationships, creating sentences to express the relationships, and using POE. We spent the balance of the time on math. We reviewed the practice test problems the student had completed on his own, and we looked through the SAT math section in the review text book."
"We worked on the math section of the test and the student completed his first timed practice section. He is moving through the material well. I don't have any concerns from this session."
"We went over some practice items together. I intentionally chose difficult questions, either due to higher-level vocab words or ambiguous answer choices. We worked on identifying mood of words based on word parts (roots, prefixes, etc.) as well as eliminating redundant answers. She showed great improvement in identifying incorrect answers. We practiced differentiating between related words and actual synonyms, which she will continue to practice on her independent work for our next meeting. She also showed a much stronger ability to identify specific relationships between words on the analogies portion of the verbal section."
"Today we practiced a whole bunch of new techniques for reading comp and analogies. The student knows the material pretty well. We will continue to work on this in the next 4 hours leading up to the test."