Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I suggested the student take a practice test so we can see where to focus attention, especially for timing. I also suggested he get a vocabulary list and a root word list for the test (which I will try to find and send to his mom) and that he focus on learning words he has never seen before and would have a hard time figuring out in a test environment. Since there are only two weeks before the test, I suggested he not try to memorize every single word, just to focus on breaking down the difficult ones. If he decides to take the test again in January, I would suggest he spend more time learning more words with flashcards or a similar technique."
"During our first tutoring session, the student and I began by discussing the structure of the SSAT. Then, after trying a couple synonym and analogy verbal reasoning questions together, the student completed a forty-question verbal reasoning diagnostic test. She said that the test was much more difficult than she expected but after viewing the explanations to the answers, she understood why she missed the ones she did. She already understands how to use a few test-taking strategies, such as process of elimination and creating relationship explanations for analogy questions; these will help her on the exam. In addition to these strategies, we discussed other ways to build her vocabulary and understanding of words. I emailed the student several vocabulary resources and encouraged her to begin using these whenever she can in order to build her vocabulary and familiarize herself with word roots and affixes. She and I agreed that moving on to math during our next session would be most beneficial. It was a great first session, and I look forward to next time."
"We did more reading comprehension and verbal studying today. I put the suggestions and tips that I gave the student for approaching the reading comprehension passages and their questions into action. I showed her step by step with some of the exercises in her book, how I would start (by scanning the questions and taking a mental note of what they were asking about), and then reading through the passage, underlining and summarizing along the way, and then answering the questions. After doing a couple together, the student did a few on her own and got all of the questions right. Then we focused on vocabulary. I have her all the suggestions I had (and put them into action with some of the textbook exercises as well), but for the Verbal sections with synonym and antonym questions, it's really a matter of her studying vocabulary on her own. I suggested that between now and when she takes the test, she do all 3 of the practice tests that are available to her in the two textbooks she has. The more practice the better."