Our initial goal was to make sure she understood the grammar content and math content. We then focused on coming up with a strategy for grammar that allowed her to increase her accuracy. For math, we originally focused on getting through the first half of the test with only one or two questions wrong. The tutor also decided to boost her reading skills. The tutor focused on slash reading and using context clues to figure out what a word meant.
Once the tutor felt confident in the students content knowledge, she focused on accuracy. The tutor taught her a systematic way to approach each of the question type. Because of the student’s tutors initial focus on accuracy.
The tutor then taught the student our Basic Approach for all of the question types. Focusing on accuracy and execution of the strategies, Student B’s accuracy went from inconsistent to a consistent 95%.
Once his accuracy improved, the tutor started working on pacing the sections so that the student would finish the section while maintaining his accuracy. One of the things our tutor did was to switch the order of the questions attempted on the math section. We noticed that the student could answer the last ten questions of the math section (the hardest questions), but he would run out of time and was unable to finish the section. The student also made a lot of errors in the more easy and medium questions. This was because he was rushing to get the last 10 questions.
The tutor had the student do questions 1-10, 51-60, 11,20, 41-50, 21-30, and 31- 40. By changing the order, the student was able to spend the appropriate amount of time answering the hard question, but was also able to move quickly through the easier questions to make up for the time spent on the harder questions.
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