Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today's tutorial was split between writing and math instruction. The student was asked to read her extra practice outline to me. She had chosen to write about multiple events she might do over instead of just one event, as the prompt instructed. I had to remind her of how important sticking to the prompt is, as her failure to do so will work against her in the admission counselor's perception. Also, choosing to write about three situations made the writing process more difficult and did not allow her to develop any of her thoughts completely. By the time we talked through the outline, she articulated that none of her examples were suitable for an admission counselor to read because they either displayed emotions that may not translate well to her audience or were not coherent. I framed what sort of example she might want to discuss, then gave her 15 minutes to do an outline that followed our established structure and that really reflected her worth to prospective schools. When she was done, we talked briefly about the experience of writing this outline for a third time. She said she was far more pleased with the outcome. She is going to have her parents email the outline to me this evening so that I can review it and prepare feedback for tomorrow's tutorial. We spent the remainder of our time, working on important math concepts. She is still struggling a bit with knowing when to use certain formulas. More consistent opportunities for her to apply them will occur in the remainder of our time together, as math will be more of a focus now that she is showing greater mastery of the verbal and reading portions of the exam. Today, we worked through coordinate geometry problems, including perpendicular lines, midpoint determination, and foiling, as well as evaluating angles and side lengths for different types of triangles. For extra practice, the student should attempt online practice test sets 1 and 2. This is a total of 24 questions that will apply all of the concepts we have covered already, as well as some we will cover in subsequent tutorials. I want her to see our work together directly applied to sample placement exam problems so she can see how far she's come and know for herself what concepts she still needs to cover. She also should read at least the next 15 pages of Pride & Prejudice so we can discuss them tomorrow."
"We worked through Reading Comprehension and Math. The first half we worked through Reading Comprehension sets, focusing primarily on improving certain skills: inference, mood, and main idea. After reviewing our approach for inference questions, I know that the student will do much better in the future. Moving forward there will be more of a focus on Quantitative Ability, Synonyms, and Analogies."
"We covered synonyms and their root words and how to identify prefixes, suffixes other stem words. We also did reading comprehension practice. We need to build up his vocabulary some more but his reading comprehension is very good."