Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, we began with vocabulary (20-30 minutes), and then we spent the rest of the lesson on math. Student A was very into learning vocabulary, and he kept asking for more and more words, so I gave him about 4 words to look up and teach to us next week. For math, we reviewed the concepts we had begun within the last few weeks. We covered decimals, percentages, and fractions in depth. These concepts have a lot of mileage on both math sections of the test, so it's good to make sure both of the boys have a solid grasp on them and can manipulate those types of numbers. We did some actual problems from the practice tests that dealt with fractions/decimals/percentages. We also reviewed negative numbers, since those always pop up on the quantitative reasoning section. Next week, I would like to do some word problems and take them through a timed essay."
"We started the session by reviewing vocab. I was impressed to see the student had mastered the vocab we had covered so far. From there, we returned to working on mathematics problems in a strategic way. He was very focused and walked me through many of the problems step by step with few errors. We then switched gears and worked on strategies for synonyms/sentence completions with unknown words. We will do more work with this. We then moved on to a set of quantitative problems, which he was mainly able to solve in his head. To drive home the point of checking his work, I pushed him to go step by step and write things down. We discussed how the test would be long and he would have to work on strategies to help him maintain his focus. We'll do more work with step-by-step problem solving."
"We worked on reading comprehension, writing, and math facts. We were able to get plenty of good work done."
"We reviewed reading comprehension with passages and questions. We timed reading passages at 5-6 min for each passage and 5 questions. We also worked on sentence completion. We continued decimals and fractions for math. We also worked on problem solving, subtraction, and money."
"We reviewed home work over reading comprehension and essays. We went over practice exercises for Reading Comprehension, and I assigned Homework."
"We did a practice section of math, and she did slightly better on the math than she has been doing on the reading/verbal. She seems to like math."
"This was our last session. We reviewed the quantitative section. Both girls have the skill set to do great. They just need to take the time to understand each question. They take the test on the 7th."
"The student had written a diagnostic essay for me to see, and we worked on some strategies for writing. His parents would also like me to help him slow down and focus on instructions. I will provide some reading comprehension material for him for our next session."
"To begin the session, he took a short quiz reviewing our work from the previous sessions (fractions, decimals, percents, proportions, etc.). After 5 to 10 minutes, we reviewed his answers, and I clarified any problems he had on the questions. Next, we began work on algebraic expressions. First, I explained to him what algebraic expressions are and why we use them. I then showed him how to describe, simplify, and solve algebraic expressions. He then practiced some of these mathematical skills through worksheets and problem sets. Once I was assured he had a firm understanding of basic algebra, I taught him another test-taking strategy to help him work through the test questions called the process of elimination. He learned to eliminate answers that are clearly wrong. We finished the session by taking a timed portion of a practice test, while practicing both cover-the-answers (from last week) and process of elimination."
"We had a cumulative review session tonight, covering all five sections of the assessment, which the student will take this Saturday. I tried to focus on strategies and content that was relevant to the types of questions she may see on the test. I also went over a few key vocabulary words with her. Turning to math, she practiced operations with fractions and mixed numbers, as well as the procedures for converting between fractions, decimals, and percentages. For the latter, we used a graphic organizer. She was comfortable converting from decimals and percentages. We practiced this a bit, and I showed her which problems in her book she should continue to study on her own. She practiced pre-writing for a new essay prompt, this time putting emphasis on the thesis statement and checking that it directly answers the prompt."
"Student took a practice test on the day prior to this session, so we went over every question that he got wrong. Most of the mistakes were simple, but there are some minor concepts that we can brush up on prior to the test."
"We discussed vocabulary words. We also went over fractions, decimals, percents, cross multiplication, area, and perimeter."