Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The students' test is this week, and my main priority was to get them familiar with the structure of the exam as well as essay writing. In the beginning of the lesson we covered as much vocabulary as possible and for the last hour we did wiring workshops."
"Today the student and I focused on her reading section. We went through almost all of it. We had a good session. We went over all the reading passages except three. I assigned another practice test to her for next Monday. I also suggested she start working on the prefixes, suffixes, and roots."
"Performed a final diagnostic of four sections of the SAT. The student's writing and vocabulary scores have improved and has reached beyond 70th percentile. I assigned some light practice to help him prepare for the test on Saturday."
"Today I reviewed the results of his practice test with him and since one of the weak areas is fractions and decimals, that is what we worked on. I am setting up tests for him to work on during the week and I will email to remind if he hasn't taken them by a certain. point. I will do this for each area that he needs help in. He has committed to working on problems at least 30 minutes a day. As indicated by the test results, there are several areas that need work and we are addressing them one area at a time, per week. He is very receptive to one-on-one instruction and has indicated that he learns better this way. Today, after our discussions, he indicated that he understands fractions and decimals and percentages a little better now and thinks that he can handle the problems on the tests."
"The student has a test this Saturday. In preparation for the test, we did general review instead of specific questions. We did a math section, and parts of the reading and verbal sections. For math, I went over thinking about the objectives of the problem and writing down steps of approaching each type of problem. For reading I went over marking the passage for key information again, and assigned her 2 passages for practice. For verbal we went over finding and categorizing relationships in analogies."
"The student did some questions from each section including analogies, synonyms, and math. She has a list and has been working on reviewing the meanings for vocabulary. Then we also reviewed some vocabulary for the math/geometry section and related concepts like complementary and supplementary angles, adjacent vs. opposite angles, perimeter, calculating area vs circumference of a circle."
"I helped the student through the website test questions and reminded to read the passage for certain bits of information and where exactly to look for this specific information. This in turn, helped him very much and he did very well."
"Focused on reading comprehension and verbal sections. Reviewed strategies of utilizing root word and using prefixes to ascertain meaning of word. He also has improved in his essay writing skills and his structure is great and also his addition of real life examples."
"Today we looked at some math. I showed her how to look at units chemistry-style, to help do certain rates figuring. We also spent time on translating sentences into math expressions. She will arrive at the right answer as long as this skill is honed and she does more written figuring and less in her head."
"We focused on the types of math included on the test and played games with solving those types of problems quickly. We also discussed geometry and rate equation problems in more detail. The students would like to focus on math next week as well, as it feels like a weak area to them."
"Topics covered were reading comprehension: main idea, author's point, tone and genre. The student practiced answering general, specific, and oddball questions. We all discussed how to eliminate choices by looking for conservative answers and avoided answers that are too big, too, small, too extreme, contradictory, or not mentioned in the passage. Using prefixes, suffixes, and roots to answer analogies was introduced this evening as well."
"We went over the practice SSAT test the student had done over the weekend, scored it, and discussed errors. We went through both math sections and the verbal analogy section. I gave her the reading comprehension answer sheet and suggested she go over it on her own before the test on Saturday and try to analyze why the right answer was correct. She sits the test for the first time on Saturday, but intends to sit it again in early December, so her mother indicated she wanted to continue working right through to that second sitting. I also reviewed test strategy with the student -- how to guess strategically, use process of elimination, and the PITA and check number techniques for use on the math problems."