Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This student and I had a great first session. We talked about analogies, synonyms, antonyms, and relationships between things, and related these categories to some of the questions that she would see on the verbal portion of the SSAT. We used practice tests to give her some practice on how the questions would be written and what they would look like. The session went well, and we are going to work on the reading section of the test and questions pertaining to geometry for the next sessions. It was great to meet her, and she did a great job sticking with me through the session."
"We did a review worksheet I made and a new worksheet on logical statements that the student received in class. For the rest of our review, I want to focus on things she finds most difficult, such as memorizing formulas for percent change and grouping."
"I gave the student a few problems involving normal distributions to make sure he is comfortable using the z-table (to find areas as well as z-values), computing z-values using the formula, finding percentiles, determining a value (mass, count, etc.) given a particular percentile, and using NormalCdf and invNorm. I introduced the concept of a discrete random variable X using the sum of two dice as an example. I included a histogram of the distribution of X and emphasized the importance of recognizing symmetry (thus the mean is at the center). He computed the correct value when I asked him to find the probability of rolling a 7 or 11. He seemed to pick up the concepts of discrete random variables very quickly."
"The student and I went over essay formatting. He had some good ideas, and uses vocabulary well, but we mostly went over the best way to present ideas in a compelling and organized manner. We also went through a math section, and he did very well."
"We covered the distributive property, factoring, and distribution of fractions. We defined like terms, and practiced combining like terms for polynomials of multiple variables. We substituted specific numbers for variables to show examples. She is getting comfortable in using variables on a regular basis."
"We worked on ACT English. It was helpful that most of the section was done already, so we could focus on problem areas. Once we identified types of questions that needed practice, we were able to choose the most useful practice questions from the online material. The areas that needed the most work were semicolons, verb tense, hyphens, and transitions. We also spent some time on the "as-a-whole" questions that refer to the whole passage. The student did great with these!"