Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed test taking strategies to begin our session. These strategies were applied to his vocabulary workbook exercises. We then reviewed the story introduced last session. Fluency exercises were then used to practice his speed and expression."
"I tutored both student 1 and student 2 . For student 1 we reviewed how to measure along with acute, obtuse, and right. During student 2's part of the session we finished chapter 8. Then I checked over her make up work she completed. We reviewed area of a rectangle and square. Student 2 has a test on Monday over formulas. I suggested she write the formulas 20-30 times and put them on flash cards."
"The students and I spent most of today on analogies, focusing on identifying the patterns the test-makers adhere to. They have come to enjoy the challenges this test provides, which I find encouraging. "
"Focused review of ACT Reading; conducted guided practice of the reading section, during which I scaffolded a (possible) different approach of reading the questions first to anticipate questions and better map passages. Presented it to the student as a strategic option. Independent practice ran very close to time limit, but yielded only one missed question out of a possible 40. I continue to be very impressed by the student's intelligence and test-taking abilities. Our concluding ACT review should serve mostly as reinforcement for what he already knows how to do."
"Parts of a semester review from class, including ratios, word problems, percents and order of operations. The student does know how to complete the work if it is a simple evaluate or simplify but, she struggles with word problems, it seems, not because of lack of knowledge."
"We started off by going over pronouns - an important writing concept on the SAT. We then discussed the essay section, with which the student has had no experience. I gave her tips on what would make a good, interesting essay, and we practiced with two writing prompts. We ended by practicing some multiple choice math sections."
"Our first topic today was to complete a Trigonometry/Advanced topics lesson that I had given the student at our last meeting. Topics included imaginary numbers which she has a very solid grasp of, logs, which she needed a bit of review on and some review of coordinate geometry that focused on parabolas, circles and ellipses. Next we reviewed the English practice test that the student had completed. We went over all of the problems she missed most of which were usage and mechanics rather than rhetoric. After going over the test we spent the rest of the session going over new problems types in usage and mechanics."
"Today, the student and I continued our review of the topics that will be tested on the exam. The topic we focused on at the start of the session was motion of a particle along a straight line. He was very comfortable with this material. After it was clear he was confident on this subject, we moved on to working on a practice multiple choice exam that he had taken last week while other students were taking a different test. We started from the beginning and worked several problems. On each problem, I had him explain to me what he was going to do so that I could determine whether or not he was applying the correct concepts. The problems went pretty well but were slightly tricky. We will continue this test next session."
"During this session we spent most time reviewing for physics. We went over concepts of centripetal motion and did practice problems. I think he felt more comfortable with the materials. We then moved on to algebra and talked about exponents. Overall this session went well."
"We did a critical reading section, 1 timed math section (practice test style), and 1 section of math problems without time restrictions (instructional). Based on current progress the student would score around a 590 in Math if she were to take the SAT again. I assigned her to do 1 SAT test as practice."
"Tonight, we reviewed basic math terms that the student needs to have thoroughly memorized by the test, and I asked her to make flashcards for the ones she wasn't 100% on. Then, we talked about nine strategies to use on math questions, and we walked through examples of using each strategy. We also briefly talked about Pythagorean triples and special right triangles, which are a potential source of easy geometry points."
"We covered "ser v. estar", -ar, -er, -ir verbs and some irregular verbs. We will be going over some worksheets I sent him on our next session, and will continue working on the present tense as well as root-changing verbs."