Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session, we started by selecting a book that the student will read for pleasure. I told him that I wanted him to do the same thing that I have another student doing, reading for at least 30 minutes a night. Then, we proceeded to go over his note cards. He had learned 75% of the words that he had written down. Also, I had him write a short paragraph for me so that I could gauge his writing skills. His writing was excellent!"
"We covered vocabulary and basic arithmetic on the test. The girls did wonderfully on vocabulary. I'd assigned them 21 words, and they did great when I quizzed them. We got through math, vocabulary, addition, subtraction, and multiplication today. They did well on all."
"Focused on building vocabulary by reviewing roots, prefixes, and suffixes; in addition to studying words from word lists."
"For the first portion of the session, the student worked on various sections of some of his applications to high schools, short essays and self-expression type portions alongside basic questionnaires. Most of this was simple, but it was an exercise in concise self-explanation. The second portion of our session was focused on preparing for the verbal section of the placement exam he will be taking. Our work focused in analogies and synonyms, and we tackled the basic form of questions alongside techniques for giving strong guesses when Ian is unfamiliar with the words."
"Today, we discussed several writing strategies, including strategies and example prompts. We also reviewed vocabulary, including synonyms and analogies. Finally, we talked about strategies and practice sets for reading."
"Today we reviewed the student's SSAT sample test. I explained some test concepts the student had questions about. We also reviewed the essay question and math questions."
"Today we worked on determining his specific strengths and areas for improvement. He then followed up by trying different strategies for making the reading section more comfortable and accessible. He is a remarkably strong reader for his age: he can digest high-school level material quickly and easily, and he takes about as much time to complete test questions as a high schooler should. His vocabulary is where it should be, and his reasoning skills are well above average. He runs into trouble when required to "think like the test". His gut instincts are usually right, but he second guesses himself and gets lost in language. Greater practice and familiarity can help as well as encouragement. We can work on centering exercises together to alleviate the pressure, and we can come up with strategies to increase concentration. Next time, I'll bring level-appropriate test material so he can familiarize himself with the test, and so I can better gauge where he should concentrate himself."
"It has been requested that I focus on quantitative skills with the student. She and I worked through some of the problems in the book they have."
"The student has progressed incredibly well. We worked on reading comprehension, math, and a little bit of verbal and writing at the end. His math is in excellent shape. Overall, he is doing very well."
"I had the student practice writing. She had solid organization. We need to continue to do timed exercises. I'm trying to get her to look at the answers logically so that she can eliminate the definite wrong answers and more easily deduce the correct answers."
"Explained format and logistics of the SSAT; discussed perceived strengths and weaknesses; taught reading comprehension technique and went over 2 practice reading comp sections; taught analogies strategy and went over practice problems; provided homework for verbal sections; also provided math practice problems if the student had extra time to work on them; discussed future plans for the following sessions."
"Today was a tutoring session for Student 1 and 2. I gave reading comprehension practice to both of them. Student 2 is also planning on taking the ISEE in January so we went over a practice test she took prior to today's session."