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Simi Valley, CA PSAT tutoring
We focused on math today and a bit of writing. We mainly focused on the basics of Algebra 1. We worked through exponents, fractions, multiplying and dividing fractions, isolating variables and simplifying algebraic equations. The student was struggling with solving single variable algebraic equations and simplifying equations. So I assigned him to read through and mark difficult concepts in ch 16 in the study guide (algebra and function review). We will review the topics he has difficulty with in that chapter in our next session. We talked about how we really need to establish a stronger foundation for him before working through harder SAT problems. In the remaining time, we worked through writing problems and reviewed grammar rules.
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Simi Valley, CA PSAT tutoring
Continued our post-test review by practicing the English section, which was slightly below the student's projected performance. Used guided practice with gradually less support to scaffold her ability to first identify the grammar rule/ rhetorical element in question, formulate an answer based on prior knowledge, and reliably eliminate incorrect answers. Implemented a timed prep, on which she paced herself very well. Her work both with me and on her own indicates that the rhetoric/ editorial questions are much more problematic than simple grammar rules, which she internalizes very well. I definitely want to work with the English section more before the test, so that she can be as familiar as possible with these types of questions and what the ACT is looking for in terms of proper composition (which should further support the reading and writing sections as well).
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Simi Valley, CA PSAT tutoring
The student and I went over the practice essays that I had previously assigned, including one which I had asked her to write twice with a margin of a few days in between. We read through each essay together and analyzed it piece-by-piece, discussing what her writing and thinking process had been. We looked over both versions of the twice-written essay and compared them with the aim of identifying what improved and how those improvements might influence her writing technique going forward. Using practice prompts, we brainstormed possible arguments, examples, and essay structures in order to develop her ability to put together an effective essay in a test environment. Her writing has improved noticeably since our first session and she appears to be getting more confident and calm. I assigned her some more essays to do before our next session.
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Simi Valley, CA PSAT tutoring
The student showed good progress on the mini test. We went through some word problems for math that she had trouble with, and worked through some reading together. I thought it would help for her to talk through her reasoning process for the reading with me while she's doing it, and it definitely did. Her homework is to do a practice test, so we can evaluate her progress better.
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Simi Valley, CA PSAT tutoring
The student still has room for growth in algebra. He really just needs to do a ton of practice problems in algebra to get these skills up to snuff. He has improved a lot from our first session, but this is an issue that he should continue working on on his own.
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Simi Valley, CA PSAT tutoring
The student still struggles with basic concepts such as adding and subtracting positive and negative numbers. The student has been prescribed homework sheets to make sure that she drills on her concepts sufficiently. The student still does not have a strong enough foundation to build up to the next level. This must be addressed immediately as polynomial functions are something she is addressing now and her inability to perform arithmetic functions is cause for serious concern. It is very possible that she will become "swamped" in this subject as she struggles to learn and memorize a mountain of information to remain competitive in this subject. We will continue to work on this next session, as math is her favorite subject.
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