Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed testing strategy (when to plug in) and practiced several problems for the differing types (algebra; plugging in the answer; plugging in when asked for a fraction). Then we practiced through fundamentals (exponent rules, remainders, etc.) and geometry (circle and triangle properties). The student had an increased confidence in her math skills from when we last met, and she will just need to continue practicing in order to be best prepared for the test in June. I will be sending her some practice problems relevant to the strategies we worked on."
"We covered the SAT math problems he did, going through his mistakes and identifying why he was making errors. A lot of them were related to focusing when answering the questions, but we specifically went through the "symbol" questions and special math questions. We also went through essay strategy, specifically focusing on examples. He is going to complete another full length SAT."
"We reviewed the practice sections the student completed and discussed strategies for the SAT Writing multiple choice questions. We also discussed the general scoring scheme of the SAT and PSAT. She will complete practice sections in English and Science from the ACT for our next session."
"We covered SAT vocabulary, mostly taking apart words to try to figure out what they might mean, what their connotation would be, etc. We did vocabulary multiple choice that involved eliminating answers so that even when he didn't know what the final word meant, he could safely answer that. We also looked at grid in math question and worked backwards. I left him with a practice SAT to be finished by our next meeting."
"Since he had no homework with him, we reviewed his multiplication tables from 0*0 through 12*12. I then worked with him on learning 15*1, 15*2, 15*3, 15*4, 15*5, 15*6, 15*10 and 15*15. I explained to him that with telling time he needs to know 15*1 through 15*4 so that he can be better at reading the time to someone or understanding what they mean when they say that it is quarter past the hour. We then worked on a sheet that had all multiplication problems listed from 1*1 through 12*12. He only got three problems wrong, 6*3 and 3*6 he listed as 12, and 1*1 he listed as 2. He did very well and his progress and confidence is evident."
"She took the SAT this past Saturday and will be taking it again in about a month. I discussed her experience with her and asked her if she wanted to focus more on ACT prep, SAT prep, or both at once, and she expressed interest in taking a blended approach. Due to this, I will be working with her on materials from both testing styles. Today we went over a practice SAT I assigned her last week and then discussed vocabulary development using root words to guess at meanings of unknown vocabulary."
"The student and I worked on writing, trying a first practice essay. She has good ideas, and some excellent examples in her stores. We will continue to hone vocabulary, sentence structures and active language to help her better express these outstanding examples. Great work!"
"The student and I covered math and reading today. We went over some math review and then I introduced him to three reading strategies. We practiced the strategies on sample essays to make sure he understood them. I assigned homework from both sections for when we meet early next week."
"In our first session, we discussed the structure of the SAT, general test-taking strategies, and the role of the test in college admissions. We then spent the majority of our time working on problems from the math and writing sections."
"Tonight we went over plants and cellular respiration which he picked up very easily. We even did an AP bio practice exam on cellular respiration and even though it is well above his level he had very little issues with it. Next time we will cover photosynthesis."
"The student is planning to take the SAT in June and the ACT in the fall. He has taken the SAT in the past, so I offered a general overview of the main differences between the two tests. We agreed that it would be best to focus on the SAT in preparation for the June test. I anticipate that the conceptual reasoning skills on the SAT will present a significant challenge, but we will nevertheless work through materials for each section. We began with Math. He is able to work straightforward problems, but the introduction of variables into problems and word problems are difficult. In addition to covering basic concepts tested on the Math section of the test, I introduced and he practiced using both backsolving and substitution. For homework, he will complete part of a Reading section and part of a Math section from his SAT prep book."
"We discussed and worked on SAT vocabulary and then did a review of the important components of critical reading. We did some passages and also practiced the writing section. The student is doing very well on the Math section and also seems to be diligently learning the vocab section. He is going to be learning a word list I gave him and I'll continue to quiz him at each session."