Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I had a good session today. We reviewed the questions he did incorrectly on the practice test that I assigned him and discussed some techniques for dealing with problems that we aren't sure how to solve. He is doing better with working with fractions and converting them to decimals. We need to work on problems involving equations of lines (like finding the slope or the midpoint) and on the FOIL method of expanding equations, in particular ones involving imaginary numbers. These concepts have not yet been covered in his classes, so they are a bit foreign to him. They don't make up a large percentage of the test, but it would be beneficial to get a bit more practice with them. I have assigned him the following homework: 1) Another diagnostic test for the quantitative session. 2) Do a practice test every night from the practice book. 3) Do problems 1, 9, 10, 12, 14, and 22-24 in the attached worksheet on imaginary numbers. There is also an answer key attached to it so he can check his answers. If he gets stuck on any of the questions, he can check out the following website to refresh himself on how to solve them. 4) It is a website discussing how to find the slope of a line. There is also one problem to try at the end."
"The student and I had a great first session! We covered the math, reading, and verbal sections. In the verbal section, we practiced both types of problems together and talked through some new words. We looked at a list of common SSAT vocab words and began to tackle those. After practicing the analogies, the student improved. We will continue to practice those analogies so that the student feels used to them by the time the test rolls around. We also worked on some reading passages, including one that asked questions about a poem. She did a great job on this section. She was able to identify the main idea of the passages without fail, and she missed only a handful of problems in this section. In math, we looked at problems about exponents, fractions, averages, and a set of problems that required reading a graph. For homework this week, the student and I came up with a list of vocab words that she hadn't seen before from the practice test. She should study those words this week. Five to ten minutes a night will really help! Next week, I'll check in with her about the words she studied this week, and we will pick some new words!"
"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."
"I edited a paper for the student's class that she had sent me, and we went over it together. We reviewed ways the paper could be improved, and I showed her ways to follow the essay format. We spoke about other papers and what she could do to improve those."
"The student and I met this morning and continued our work together for her upcoming ACT. Since we are still in the inception of our working together, there is a lot to cover and we are working diligently to get as much learning in as possible; still, she is very capable on this material and so far we have had very good results on all of the section minus perhaps math. I have assigned her some homework, and we will be going over that first thing at our next lesson so that we can focus on teachable moments. She is a very nice young lady and I am looking forward to meeting with her next week."
"We covered rational expressions, simplifying, and stating the excluded values. We worked on adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing rational expressions. The student also worked on volume and surface area of different geometric figures. She answered the questions correctly. Overall, she did a great job."