Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked from 4-6pm. We reviewed the results of her practice test that she completed in the previous session. She and I went over the Verbal Reasoning section of the test. As we reviewed the test, it was clear that she was using strategies such as breaking apart words to help find the meaning. However, in some cases she really struggled with phonemic awareness. She told me that she learned to speak Spanish before learning to speak English. Although she speaks English very well, this could explain some of her difficulties pronouncing parts of words that she has never seen or hear before. She and I reviewed the parts of a word such as prefix, root, and suffix to help her understand the meaning of a word she has never seen before. She is much more successful once she has seen and heard a word before. I think the majority of the problem is simply exposure to the words, which will come as she progresses through school and reads more. In addition, she and I reviewed the Quantitative Reasoning section. She was successful with the math that she has learned in school, but struggled when it came to questions about algebra or other topics that have not been covered in 4th grade. We reviewed the topics that she should know as a 4th grader so that she could experience success with as many questions as possible when she takes the test. She said she felt confident and ready to take the test."
"The student and I were able to work on math, reading comprehension, and writing today. She was able to do some higher-level math and word problems with my help. She also read one passage and was able to answer the questions but had some difficulty with the vocabulary. The passage was slightly above her level, so I am not concerned about this. She also wrote one short essay and did a great job of proofreading it and catching some of her mistakes."
"Today, the student and I worked on word recognition for harder reading comprehension passages. We worked on finding the key points in the question and then, more importantly, in the answers. That way she can give her best guess even when she's not entirely sure what the passage is talking about. We ended the session with a passage that we will go over on Saturday. The student scored 1 question higher than her average."