Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered test questions for chapter 4: the molecules of life. I lectured on non/polar, valence electrons, bonds, isomers, and functional groups, and acids. We completed a number of multiple choice questions and interpreted the structures of organic molecules. We will continue with chap 5 next time."
"The student has a good foundation to work from-- he's very bright and enthusiastic, and his scores are already respectable. Right now we are working on improving his Writing and Critical Reading skills so he can achieve even higher scores. We're focusing on learning grammar, as it seems its not really emphasized at his school. Today we went over misplaced modifiers, as this tends to be a very common error question in the Writing section. We went through a ton of practice questions and at the end he really seemed to get a good handle of it."
"The student and I had a very revealing session. We calculated her results on her full, timed practice test, and we were delighted with her critical reading and writing scores. We will work to maintain this progress over the next month. We will switch our focus from concept review to practice sections in the month leading up to the exam. I believe that she will become more adept at staying calm, identifying what the question in asking, and giving herself instruction on how to complete the problems. I think that she should be encouraged by her scores."
"Reviewed a selection of practice questions that were evenly divided between mathematics and ELA including logic questions, reading comprehension. and a variety of word problems and pre-algebra applications."
"We spent this session working on a paper full-length practice exam. The student enjoys the objective/empirical type questions. Overall, he is a great student to work with. For study skills, we continued to work on breaking down complex words in to prefix-root pairings (this will be helpful in verbal and reading)."
"The student and I worked on questions involving probability, Venn diagrams, tables and charts, and triangles. We went over the concepts for several types of Venn diagram and set questions that appear on the test. I am going to send him additional problems involving triangles and also a study sheet for triangles."
"We went over parts of the Writing section, taking a look at strategies for improving sentences/paragraphs and identifying sentence errors. Next week we will try some timed Writing sections to look at time management. We closed with a timed Critical Reading session, in which the student answered 18/19 questions correctly."
"We began preparing the student for the assessment test by completing pages 1 to 13 in the workbook. Tasks 1, 2 & 3 included reading short passages with written responses to questions and reading a long passage and responding with an essay. Key concepts highlighted during the session included writing with complete sentences and carefully reading all directions before completing exam tasks."
"We worked on SAT Physics. Our first chapter was on temperature and heat in a very broad sense. Following the chapter, we jumped from one topic to the next, briefly covering each in a mostly qualitative sense. Our next session, later this week, will be on Thermodynamics. As such I anticipate that it will have more depth and more problem solving than the last chapter, which was mostly just a grab-bag of concepts and equations."
"Began with critical reading and sentence completion strategies. The student practiced test questions. I first let her work at her own rate, and then timed her to simulate the pressure of the test."
"The student had a real breakthrough. I taught her how to identify and label the TYPE of question each question is (vocabulary, main idea, inference, function). This way, the student would know how to answer the question and understand what was being asked of her. The biggest help, however, was coming over the types of traps found in the answer choices (distortion, or if scope, misuse of information, etc.). This helped the student make better choices when answering questions."
"The student and I reviewed measurement conversions and did pretty well with these. She had a little difficulty completing all necessary steps in a multi-step problem. We will continue the word problems efforts in next session."