Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student is still working on how to solve algebra problems. But we did some definitions and learned how to approach word problems."
"Today we had our first session. When I arrived, he had already taken a practice test and scored beautifully on the math section, so he is only looking for help with the reading and language sections. Mandarin is his first language, English his second. We began by looking through his Verbal Skills answers. He is keeping a notebook for test prep, and during our session, he wrote down all the words from the practice test that he doesn't know. I also gave him related words that I think are helpful for test prep. I'm trying to give him words with shared prefixes as well, so he can pick apart and guess unfamiliar words. We then looked at the prep book and started going through the Language Arts chapter, which overviews grammar rules. I let him know that the grammar rules tested are specific and fall within a narrow range of knowledge, so when he learns which rules are tested, he'll be able to go through a mental checklist any time he encounters an error identification problem on the language arts section of the test. We went over punctuation, subject-verb agreement, pronouns, sentence structure and sentence fragments, run-on sentences, and some verb knowledge. He's great at understanding and applying grammar rules, so I'm optimistic about his ability to make improvements on the language-based portions of the test. I will help him learn to demystify the test and apply efficient strategies to it."
"The student's grasp of the material is very solid and his logical and critical thinking skills are top-notch. He is not struggling with any one section of the test in particular. Rather, he has minor problems here and there with certain types of math and language problems. Language usage remains the only portion of the language section with which he has difficulty. He has not picked up Elements of Style yet, and I hope he will do so soon, because I know it would shore up those last few grammatical rules he needs to know to succeed in that section. His difficulties with the math sections rest mostly on dealing with fractions, setting up algebraic expressions for word problems, and working with tricky percentages. We have gone over strategies for how to deal with each of these and we will keep reviewing them. I assigned him a quantitative skills section to do in full in order to pick out the problems he has difficulty with and see how he handles the section as a whole under time constraints. I feel confident he will do well!"
"The student and I had our second session yesterday afternoon. We did a bit more work on the quantitative section and also worked a while on the grammar portion of the language section. She did quite well with the grammar questions, catching most of the mistakes pretty quickly. She also was able to solve many of the quantitative problems. We worked on a few concepts, but mostly on ways to increase her speed in answering questions. Going forward, her speed in answering math questions will increase markedly if she takes time to drill herself on times tables and basic arithmetic. Her comprehension of math principles is pretty strong, but having to pause for calculations slows her down."
"â€¢ We went through the number sense packet that I gave her for homework last week. We then began on the geometry packet and were not able to finish it. It is her homework for next week. â€¢ I have agreed to send her some open ended questions throughout the week to complete and hand back to me."
"Worked on common equations to memorize. Focused on geometry and exponents. Seems to struggle more at the mathematics section than the quantitative section. Assigned timed math sections."