Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, the student and I began by reviewing the essay she wrote prior to our session; she did well on the essay, earning a score of 8/12. She recognized her errors immediately when we reviewed the essay. The student then wrote another timed essay, with the goal of leaving herself enough time to revise and scored a 10/12. We then went over the writing multiple choice I'd asked the student to complete. She scored a 590 on the writing section. This is a good place to be. However, this is only a rough estimate as she didn't complete a full-length test when working these writing sections. After reviewing the problems she missed, the student and I spent the rest of the session working math problems from an assessment book. The student and I will be meeting again in a week. Before then she'll take another full-length test and study 25 vocab words. She's making great progress!"
"We started the session today by going over the vocabulary flash cards he has made. He hasn't learned many of the words yet, so I gave him a couple ideas on how to memorize their meanings. One way is to imagine the meanings of several of the words together in one picture and come up with a line that describes it. For example, we came up with a scenario of a complacent man reconciling with a bellicose teenager. For the rest of the session, we worked on grammar questions. He seems to do slightly better on the section of fixing sentences from a flawed passage. For the other two grammar sections, I reminded him of the different grammar rules the SAT will be testing him on, and told him to be on the lookout for them. For homework, I showed him a couple of grammar-type pages from the beginning of the book that he should read to help him out on both the grammar questions and essay."
"I reviewed the student's homework in the science section. He had completed two sections in less than five minutes, missing one in each section. I am confident that in seven minutes he would have gotten 100% in both sections. We really dug into the reading section today. We explored two different macro-strategies for the section and he found that what seems to work best is to read the entire passage first, and write two to four word summaries beside each paragraph, then go on to the questions. One of his biggest deficits in this section, stems from not knowing the vocabulary, so we compiled a list of twenty new vocabulary words based on the passages we covered today. He catches on pretty quickly to vocabulary."
"We completed the review unit "Solving System Equations." Particularly, we solved the system by graphing, substitution, and Gaussian elimination. Also, we solved the systems using matrices. Next, we wrote a system from the given matrix equations then solved it using the elimination method. We also reviewed how to divide integers by decimals. Finally, we solved the application problems."
"In today's session, the student and I went through four passages. He has a lot of natural ability in this section, so we are going through the passage as well as seeing how to avoid common traps. We reinforced the value of reading for purpose today, and we will be charting his progress."
"Today, in math, we worked on telling time. The student is still struggling with a quarter-til, but her mom and I are both wondering if it is that she is genuinely getting confused or if she's just not interested so she is not trying. We both explained multiple times how to tell the time by reading the hour hand, but the student was still struggling. She did two time worksheets, and I think those are going to be helpful to continue. I may make some more to bring along, so she can do the same one until she gets it 100% right in a timed fashion. We also, in math, worked on subtraction flash cards. She did very well on those. She's improving, and at this point needs to just convert to memory, which will happen with more practice. The student also needs to practice counting backwards. She can do it from ten, but she needs to practice doing it from 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, and 50."