Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we went over finding information in reading passages again, as well as using clues and allusion to interpret poetry. Then we went over more analogies and relationships, including some relationships that are more obscure. I assigned vocab words. We spent the majority of our time focusing on the math sections. Her problem right now is that once she does the first step of the problem, she tends to skip ahead without doing the second step of the problem. We did another comprehensive review of all the types of math problems most frequently occurring on the test and I assigned math problems to her. She is capable of doing the problem if given or prompted toward the first step, but starting next session we will train for independence in problem solving."
"The student and I reviewed strategies for answering analogy and synonym questions. In particular, we discussed the importance of making strong demonstrative sentences to help the student understand the meanings of words. the student and I also scored his reading comprehension section from the first practice test. The student struggled with the fiction writing piece, particularly in understanding the flow of the piece. He also needs practice in determining the main idea of the whole passage or parts of the passage. I will assign him some exercises to do to help him practice these skills. Additionally, the student and I went over the answers to his geometry practice questions. He understand how to apply formulas to derive an answer, but he needs more work in combining multiple formulas or algebraic techniques to help him solve world problems. The student has an algebra practice section and a quantitative reasoning section. He also has vocabulary lists 11 and 12 to review before the next session."
"We continued to review vocabulary. The student worked on practice math questions about ratios, percents, and arithmetic."
"The student and I went over some math concepts and did some problems together. She said that last time she had forgotten some of what we had done, so she decided to take notes this time. I was so happy she was able to self-evaluate and decide to do something to improve, all on her own! I will give her some practice problems to do that are similar to what we worked on today, so she can reinforce her knowledge."
"The student and I went over vocabulary and analogy questions to practice for the SSAT. He is making good progress with his vocabulary terms and should keep up the pace! He should also be studying the Latin and Greek roots we talked about today, which he wrote down on his flashcards. Probably 2/3 of the vocab terms on the test can be worked out just by knowing common Latin, Greek, and German roots. We will go over more of these in the future."
"The student and I went over writing, reading, and math this session. Overall, I think his progress is good. We've discussed at length how to prepare a piece of writing, and I think he understands the process a lot better now. His math skills remain strong as well, and we've really focused on how to approach answering word problems. For reading, we continue to discuss the importance of finding evidence in the text before selecting an answer, and I've seen some improvement in this regard."