Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today was another productive session. We again started out with reading comprehension, and continued where we left off on one of the practice tests from yesterday. He did very well with using some of the strategies we've talked about. We went through the test and then talked about the few answers that he got wrong. I pointed out the areas in the texts that proved the right answers, and gave him some tips on how to prevent the same mistake in the future. We moved on to vocabulary after that, and worked on it for about 45 minutes. I left him with some homework, which I will have him do everyday. I gave him 5 additional words to look up on his own, and do the same process that we do during our sessions. I also told him to pick 5 words that we've already gone over, and teach/explain the meaning of them to someone in his family."
"Today was my first session with the student, and it went very well. She is new to the SSAT exam--she has never taken it before, and she hasn't really started studying for it yet. Because of this, today I covered a general overview of the SSAT, such as the different sections, and what kind of questions are asked in each section. I also assessed her reading, writing, verbal, and quantitative abilities. It doesn't seem to me that she is particularly stronger or weaker in one subject compared to the others, and she agrees that she is about the same in all subjects. She did very well, especially considering that she is unfamiliar with the exam. She did mention that she finds the analogy questions a little bit more challenging than the other question-types, which is totally understandable. I plan to continue general SSAT practice with her, but I will spend some extra time on the analogies. I did leave her with some extra practice (reading comprehension and verbal) in the SSAT book that she owns."
"The student completed practice word problems dealing with percentages. He understands how to work these problems in one way, so I showed him how to convert between decimals, percentages, and fractions. We also went over the meaning of "of" in word problems, and I will be following up with some more practice for him in that area. He and I also spent a good deal of time talking about how to structure an essay, specifically to find strong examples and supportive details. He tends to use the first person in writing, and we discussed when it would be appropriate to do so. Finally, he and I worked on a practice verbal reasoning section. He is doing much better at recognizing roots and the meaning of words. I will work with him to make sure he can focus and use his reasoning strategies more confidently. For next week, he will complete a practice math section, a reading comprehension section, and exercises online. He will also work on vocabulary and finish a practice test his parents ordered for him."