Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We completed the closed passage and practiced using the strategies. The student also experienced a breakthrough with inferring. YAY!!!!! We are still working through comprehension. I am really glad she experienced success. The extra day seems to be worth it! She began working on a poem and related questions...imagery was a challenge. We conclude with two questions that created a challenge for her. I left extra practice with her over spring break."
"We completed one timed math section from the ACT review book. The student only felt like she could complete the problems through #45, so we stopped with 15 minutes still remaining for the section. I corrected her answers, and then we went through each question that she got wrong and talked about the solutions and how to work through them. I recommended that she write down more of her thought processes and equations instead of trying to work them out mentally, which seemed to help her with visualizing the problems."
"This was my first meeting with the student, who wanted to focus mostly on math. We jumped right in and began doing sample problems so that I could see what she struggled with and work from there. She had some trouble understanding ratios and percentages, so we spent a good portion of the session setting up ratios and discussing how to work out percent increase/decrease using ratios, as well. I told her to focus on ratios and percents specifically for next week so we can try to solidify fraction/ratio work, which will help her a lot."
"We covered Lesson 83 in math today. We discussed and studied the human muscular system and studied for the student's social studies test on Friday. This test covers the Aztecs and Mayans. He reviewed complex, simple, and compound sentences and understood their components."
"Today was our last tutoring session before the student takes the SAT on Saturday. We went over practice exams focusing on the harder problems in each section. These are the only problems that sometimes give her trouble so I thought it efficient to focus on those. She did well as usual and I think she will do very well on the SAT."
"Today, the student brought a couple of reading passages and a science section to look over. She did a wonderful job with most of it. We talked about how to identify wrong answers more quickly and what sorts of questions are most common on the science passages. We were able to spend about 15 minutes at the end going through essay prewriting. I would like for her to do a timed essay (30 minutes) and bring it with her for our next session."
"The student is an eighth grader studying for a high school-level test. I will cover as much math as possible, but the majority he has not covered yet in class. He did well with writing skills and can definitely improve with practice. For math, we practiced solving simple equations, fractions, and exponents. I also began explaining how to factor variables."
"We reviewed the student's readings for this week. He was generally good at remembering content, but we needed to work more on identifying passage structures. Between the readings, we did grammar worksheets. He was good at identifying errors. For next week, he will complete the practice test I sent him the link to."
"In our session today, we mainly covered algebraic functions and how to solve them. The student showed quite a bit of proficiency with the math, and she rarely slipped up. When she did, it wasn't necessarily because of improper math but rather because she misinterpreted the problem or mixed up a number or two. I advised that she take her time and move slowly, and those issues disappeared by the end of the session. All in all, she's right on track for her test on the 6th."
"The students and I worked through two SAT reading comprehension passages, including one comparative humanities passage. The girls generally did well in identifying context and passage details. We also worked through approximately 30 SAT math questions with a focus on geometry (including triangle angles, diagonals, and volume) and probability."
"This was the initial session of SAT tutoring, so I looked at the problem areas that the student had the most difficulty with. For math, these were word problems and problems with charts/graphs. For reading, we looked at grammar and editing-related problems. Over the next few weeks, my goal is to help him be able to figure out what topic a problem covers and be able to read the question effectively and set up his work so that he can find the solution as efficiently and accurately as possible. He has about 6 weeks until the March SAT, so we are going to be dividing weeks up, section by section, to make sure that everything that he has questions about gets reviewed with enough opportunities for him to take additional practice assessments."
"We reviewed the reading section. We will continue working on vocab. The student got the new SAT book, and we will use the first test in the new SAT book for review and then save the 3 tests for actual mock tests. We will use the old SAT book, once she gets it, to review techniques."