Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I had him complete the assigned sentence completion exercise to begin. I then had him complete an introductory diagnosis for the Sentence Errors. I provided instruction on pronoun agreement; subject/verb agreement; verb tense; parallel structure; and misplaced modifiers. I will bring supplemental exercises to the next session. We then worked on short critical reading passages for the final 40 minutes. We reviewed general strategies for the reading section, including avoiding extreme answers and using process of elimination."
"While we typically have sessions focused on Pre-Calculus, the student is taking the SAT Subject Test, Math Level 2 in June, and so he has requested that extra time in a session be devoted to preparation. We spent the entire session working through practice problems."
"The student and I spent this time reviewing his practice S.A.T. and techniques for the critical reading sections."
"We reviewed through a slew of math concepts (ratios, proportions, probability, functions, graphs, and more) and practiced several problems related to each. We then practiced through a math section from the SAT guide. The student did well on this. We then finished up with several vocabulary sections where she was also very able."
"The student completed the entire Test #7 in the prep book. His essay writing has improved quite a bit. We focused on writing questions during the session and practiced sections 4 and 10 in Test 8 together. We also ran through a practice writing test."
"The student worked on the math section of the SAT using a practice test from a website. We reviewed simplifying radicals, the midpoint formula, lines, distance formula, graphing absolute value, surface area and volume, and dividing fractions. She stated that she had forgotten most of these concepts, but they seemed to come back to her really quickly, which is great! She will write a practice essay to prepare for the next session."
"The student is very intelligent, and should not be experiencing very many obstacles regarding the SAT. Since she is very good academically, her math and English skills are great. She should focus on studying vocabulary, and we will work together on essay composition."
"Today, the student and I focused mainly on Math and Writing. First, we did a vocab quiz and went over trouble spots on the homework. Then, we went through all the substantive math material in the prep book and did some practice problems. We also spent some time going over common writing mistakes using a worksheet I had created. The rest of the time was spent brainstorming essays and creating an "idea bank.""
"I was happy that the student had completed a couple of math sections before our session today. We reviewed the problems that she had trouble with and recorded her scores. During our session, we completed reading and writing multiple-choice sections. She did poorly on the reading section, but when we went over it, she could immediately tell me what the correct answers should have been."
"The student and I talked this week about some more of the material that we've previously reviewed. We spent a great deal of time on acid/base chemistry. We reviewed much of the material, but his homework is to review all of the material that he didn't finish in class. We won't be meeting next week, since he has finals then."
"During my third session with this student, we continued our focus on the essay and critical reading portions of the SAT. I administered an essay prompt under timed conditions, and afterward we reviewed the essay together. His argument was much clearer in comparison to his first essay from the day prior. His points were stronger, although he can work on incorporating more apt and objective examples. Once time nears the end, he has the tendency to become repetitive with his phrases, but he is aware and will work to avoid that in the future. I would have given this essay a solid 4 out of 6. During the critical reading portion of our session, things went rather smoothly. The questions on which he selected the wrong answer were few and relatively far between. At the end of our session, I gave him some general pointers on how to incorporate vocabulary practice into his daily schedule."
"The student has come so far with her writing! We worked on the multiple choice sections of the writing test, and did a reading practice test. I left some resources with her so that she can review. Nice work!"