Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During today's session, the student and I continued to work through practice problems. We focused primarily on math and writing, as I believe we can make the strongest gains in these subject areas. She is a quick learner, and her grasp of commonly tested concepts continues to improve. I will seek to challenge her with additional practice outside of our sessions."
"The student and I concentrated on the CR section, because in her practice she had the most difficulty with tone and inference questions. We came up with a plan for each question type."
"The student and I worked from previous released practice tests, covering comparison passages of different lengths, long passage main idea and structure, and grammar practice and rule review. We also spent some time solidifying essay outline and argument framing to work within the 25 min time limit."
"Today we worked on some Critical Reading & some Writing. The student is strong in both -- she only missed a few questions in reading where she would impart some of herself into the author's intention and read into it more than was there. Identifying this was helpful I think. On writing she missed one where she did not want to change the meaning of the sentence given, and allowing the meaning to be changed will be helpful as well."
"We mainly focused on math again today. I had her walk me through her thought process for each problem. In particular, we discussed foiling, factoring, and cross-multiplying. I suggested to her that when she approaches a problem, she should think about three things: 1) what information is given, 2) what information do you still need, and 3) how do you get there? I asked her to complete a math section, a writing section, and an essay for Wednesday. Her essays are definitely improving!"
"He had his results from the practice test, so we based our work on those results. He had gotten a near-perfect (missed only one question) in the English section, which was our focus in tutoring, so he was happy with that. We decided to work on reading this session. We worked on eliminating answers based on the way the question was asked. I also had him mark more questions as he went through the section so that he could effectively check questions at the end. I think the checking process was the most helpful for him; he benefited simply from looking at the questions with fresh eyes."
"We covered Reading Comp, Writing multiple choice, and math. She nailed the Reading Comp and Writing multiple choice, but still has work to do with math. For tomorrow, she will practice vocabulary and writing prompts."
"We went over statistics problems which she had initially found confusing. Upon explanation, she was able to get the problems correct without issue. There are still some roadblocks with word problems but we're going to continue working through reasoning out the important pieces. We also discussed test structure and where we'll be focusing going forward. Finally, we went over some sentence completion. I sent her math and reading to do for next week as well as finishing the sentence completion."
"The student and I worked on the math sections that she did for homework, on coordinate geometry, probability, and analysis of graphs. She has been doing pretty well overall. She also wrote an essay for homework. She has improved a lot - her examples are so much better and more specific, her introduction and conclusions are coming together as well. For now, we are focusing on tying everything together and giving her essays a sense of cohesion, and then working on specifics such as vocab usage and sentence structure. For homework, I left her the last two math sections in the test prep book, as well as sections from a second practice exam."
"Student is taking the SAT this Saturday. We went over essay outlining and planning, to ensure student has a plan to tackle the essay efficiently on test day. Then we reviewed some math concepts, in particular proportions and rates. His homework is to rest and relax, while keeping his brain active with a few practice problems here and there, and above all maintain his confidence through the week!"
"Student and I went over her latest practice test, spending most of the time on the math section and the essay. In the math, we focused on looking at the question from multiple perspectives (as an algebraic function, as a plotted function, and as a real-world function) in order to more quickly find an approach to solving it, and to be able to check that the answer achieved makes sense. In the essay, we looked at how she might have structured her essay differently for greater effect. The test is on this coming Saturday, so we will meet earlier in the week for our final session and go over her last practice test and final strategies."
"Student and I divided the session between math and vocab. We went over some strategies for converting ratios, percentages, decimals and fractions using a SAT formula e-book. We also surveyed his vocab guide. Most of the words are new to him; I emphasized gleaning meaning from word roots, cognates, and contextual clues. I added some of my own mnemonics to the mix to aid his memory of some of the specific words we learned today (e.g. "droll" + "wry" = "dry," as a sense of humor), and warned him of false cognates (e.g. "diffident" and "deferential" both sound like "different," but in fact are near antonyms as both refer to conformity and self-effacement)."