Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student did very well; there were essentially no questions that he got wrong or needed explanations for. He finished the packet, and I think he's very well-prepared to begin the new school year."
"The student did well on the "Alice in Wonderland" questions. He should make sure to go back to the passage for every question. He was missing a few at the beginning, but once he started checking back in the passage and using the language that was being given without adding any inferences, he did much better with the material and didn't fall for any traps. "Romeo & Juliet" was hard at times. Remember to always be aware of the context of the passage - think about who the main characters are, where and when it's taking place, and any major conflicts that are happening. This should help with understanding the details later on in the passage. In "Anthem," the student got thrown off a little by the wording (plural vs. singular nouns). We will continue to work on this next session. On the SSAT Synonyms Test, the student didn't know about half of the words and was very concerned, so we discussed strategies while he wrote down the words he needs to study. We also discussed the importance of roots and comparing unknown words to ones he already knows."
"The student didn't do as well on this most recent practice test, so as we went over it today in our session. We discussed the items he missed in depth to figure out what went wrong. He said the test seemed harder to him, but it seemed that most of what he missed was just due to minor mistakes rather than lack of knowledge. He said that he took the test later in the evening and perhaps wasn't paying as much attention as he should have. I think he sometimes just doesn't apply himself as much as he can, and then he's surprised when he doesn't do as well as he could have. He needs to take his practice tests under the most optimal conditions possible in order to get the most accurate results."
"The student finished the reading portion of the state assessment practice test and we discussed his answer choices as well as strategies for finding an answer. He was in the 85% range with his current score. We also worked on math (working with explicit and recursive rules)."
"The student has summer SSAT math homework, so we spent our lesson reviewing material and going over the homework problems together. She did a great job, even with the ISEE quantitative questions that she hasn't dealt with before."
"The student is a bright boy and takes instruction well. He is just not very familiar with the content and structure of the SSAT; I believe with some work, he can get much more comfortable with the exam. We focused on the Verbal and Reading sections during our class. He will be keeping a vocabulary log to familiarize and learn the words heavily tested. We went through strategies for answering synonym, analogy, and reading questions, and I have already seen some improvement in his responses in comparison to his answers before learning strategies. For homework, he should complete the exam we were working on, including the writing prompt."