Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed the student's homework (math problems) and went over any she had a hard time with. Then we moved on to synonyms and analogies, the subjects she feels the least confident in. We continued focusing on strategies for when she isn't sure about the word given, though I also stressed the importance of reviewing her vocabulary words regularly so that they become second nature. I assigned a writing sample for homework that we'll review next time."
"We worked on vocabulary building and review today, then reviewed and practiced verbal analogies. We also reviewed and practiced reading comprehension strategies. He is putting in a strong effort to improve his vocabulary and is continuing to show good progress. His reading comprehension abilities are also improving, and he is learning to use the notation strategies on the reading comprehension passages well."
"The student is progressing as expected. He is using his intelligence, sense of logic and some of the strategies we have worked on together. However, he still seems to be short-cutting things a bit by not fully reading the questions and not applying all the parts of the RAAW strategy we discussed previously. The student and I discussed this during this session, as it became evident as we perused his work. He will practice being more diligent in his reading and understanding the Math word problems he encounters for homework in preparation for the SSAT. However, he is getting more confident as he works more math problems. The student reported that he enjoyed making the word arithmetic flash cards, and he was able to use the exercise to make the definitions of these word parts and heir use a greater part of his learning toolbox so that he can better surmise the meanings of unfamiliar words he is likely to encounter on the test. He will practice with them regularly. He completed two sections of the practice test, and next time we will discuss his raw scores. For homework, he will get more practice with Math and synonyms by completing exercises in the prep book and will utilize the prefix and suffix charts to make up his own mock words and define them based on the given meanings of the prefixes and suffixes. This will help bolster his vocabulary."
"Today we worked on more vocabulary prompts and many more words. And then we started the beginning of the math chapter, which was quite easy for the student."
"The student continues to do great work. Today we focused on vocab, writing, reading and arithmetic."
"Continued to go over the math section of the assessment. Discussed rate and geometry problems. Next session we will focus on fractions and strategies to solve those types of problems."
"Took a practice SSAT test. The student is very bright and is doing very well. Asked her to do a practice essay and finish a math practice test for next session."
"We began with introductions and I got to know what the student needed work in and what her goals are. I then introduced the different sections of the verbal and reading sections. I gave her some general strategies with which to approach each section, and we worked through some practice problems."
"Our session today was dedicated entirely to vocabulary. We went over the stems that she had begun to study, and then started going through a list of words in her study book. We took our time, only getting through a short section of the words, but the primary focus was on how to learn a new word--how to break it down (if there are any obvious stem words), how to be specific with the definition, how identifying specific synonyms is helpful. She seemed to pick up quickly using word arithmetic. She will now continue studying these words on her own."
"We completed an overview of the SSAT Upper Level exam, discussing the content that will appear on the test as well as creating a timeline of objectives leading up to the December test date. We then completed a set of quantitative practice problems, covering algebra, geometry, and mathematical reasoning. I introduced the student to ways of writing the equation of a line and determining the slope of a line parallel or perpendicular to the line given."
"I gave the diagnostic test from the test prep book. The student finished all the sections, with plenty of time to check answers. We went through the synonyms section answers and the quantitative ability sections. He only missed one in quantitative. The synonyms section gave him more trouble and we will put vocabulary on top of the list for help. I provided him with a list of books he could read that may help with his vocabulary. The next session we will work on the writing section and review answers to the remaining sessions."
"Focused on the reading comprehension and verbal sections of the SSAT, reviewed word roots and analogies, read comprehension and essay writing tips."