Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went over the analogies sub-test that he completed for homework. He did skip some, which is a great start. We went through step by step, analyzing and understanding each analogy, naming strategies as we go. The largest strategy he is working on is to understand and 'name' the type of analogy before even looking at choices. After great study skills conversations, we moved on to math sub-test. Concepts covered: interior angles of triangles, quadrangles, other polygons, parallel lines cut by traverse and all of the angles that go along with it, naming triangles with points, construction of triangles using an unknown, and a lot of problem solving."
"On Sunday I met with the student to continue our review for the SSAT. I had sent her two vocabulary worksheets to do before I came on Sunday. She had completed them which gave us a great place to start. The words on the worksheet are not particularly difficult, but they give me an opportunity to help her with spelling. Amazingly when she re-wrote the words after writing them once for homework, she was able to spell 19/20. When she sounds out the word and writes down one syllable at a time, she spells the word right. We spent the first half of the session spelling, defining, and using these words in sentences. The second half of the session focused on two areas of math that she did not do so well on during the practice test. These sections were decimals and geometry (perimeters). She explained what about decimals was confusing her and I was able to show her how hundreds and hundredths are different. For geometry we figured out how to determine the perimeter of triangles, squares, rectangles, and circles. Next time she and I will work on 20 new words as well as geometry (areas) and basic algebra."
"The student and I focused on test taking strategies for the assessment. More specifically, we spent the majority of the session looking over the reading and verbal section. For analogies, we went over the popular relationships the assessment likes to test. We addressed how to approach unknown words using context clues, prefixes, and working backwards. For the synonym section, we went over how to eliminate answers and the common traps for the section. For the reading section, we went over how to approach a passage- skimming the questions first for key words, and then reading the passage. We addressed the main trap of the reading section- "inferring," and reiterated the concept that every answer should be supported by looking back at specific sentences in the passage. Lastly, we addressed the math section. I explained to the student the benefit of always choosing "C" first when he is plugging in answer choices. We also briefly went over some traps for the math section."
"We studied vocabulary, Latin/Greek roots and prefixes in addition to analogies and reading comprehension. The student's understanding of analogies has really improved. He needs to keep going over the vocabulary and roots. We will review some math principles and do some timed exercises next session."
"We spent the session focusing on algebra. I reviewed some basic concepts with her and we did some practice problems on them."
"The session went extremely well. The student now understands how to do percents. She fully understands the concepts and how to set up certain problems. Additionally, we looked at part of the math section that she took from the assessment and she now understands how to do a great deal more than she did before we started, which was a very encouraging sign. Next week, we will begin working in more detail on test taking strategies that will assist her in navigating the time element of the test."
"We worked through several problems on SSAT Practice Test 1, Section 2, covering concepts involving angles, percentages, and Great Common Factor. We discussed the student's math homework, which covered Venn and Carroll diagrams. We started Practice Test 2, Section 1 verbal for vocabulary. The student's assignment for next week: take timed sections of Practice Test 1: section 3 (verbal) 40 minutes, and section 5 (essay) 25 minutes."
"Today, I began to review the student's first practice test with him, going over the portions he missed or had questions about. I broke up the vocabulary portions, so as not to overwhelm him with too many words. We discussed a couple of reading passages. We also spent some time going over basic geometry concepts, as well as percentages and fractions. We have about two-thirds of the test remaining to review, which I will continue on Wednesday."
"We reviewed more quantitative problems including strategies and shortcuts for working more quickly through the questions. It was a very productive session."
"Talked about the SSAT and the student's concerns, reviewed analogies, reading comprehension, arithmetic, and writing prompt."
"Today the student and I reviewed the verbal and math practice exam. He did well on the verbal, but we still need to work a bit more to improve his scores in math. Tomorrow we will continue to work on analogies and reading."
"For the student's final session before her test, we did a few practice problems for each section and talked about strategy for going through them. We also talked about how to go through and check her answers. Then, we went through the directions again just so she would feel comfortable and confident with how things would go the day of the test."