Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, the student and I talked about the practice essays that she had done and reviewed strategies and structures for the essay section of the assessment test. Then we went over all of the homework that she had done over the week. She had the most questions about geometry and probability, so we spent a bit more time going over specific concepts in those subjects. Then we talked about the practice writing sections that she had done and talked about strategies to improve her writing score."
"The student and I covered the critical reading section and did a timed practice section on reading. She did a decent job on the critical reading practice section that we did together, but she still needs to keep practicing before the test day. I will be sending her some practice sections, and she should do timed practice and review all of the answers. I did not see any scores or grades. She seemed to do just fine on the easy questions, and most of the medium ones she did ok on as well. As I mentioned, I will be sending her practice sections."
"Today, we continued to work through her homework, focusing on trouble areas. The student is a high performing student. Her accuracy is fine enough that, as long as she keeps moving, she'll do fine! We worked on her speed in the writing section, and then reviewed some geometry."
"In this session, we went onto another assessment test math section. The student did a lot better on this one than the one on Monday. She took her time more and skipped fewer questions that she had the ability to answer so things are looking pretty good. We will continue next Wednesday to finish the math sections and grade them"
"Continued work on SAT Writing multiple choice. Followed up on step by step process and grammar rules to apply to identifying sentence errors. Introduced process for improving sentences. Pacing on homework was much better than during initial lesson."
"The student and I focused mostly on functions, which she is just learning in school. She is starting to understand the set up, but she is still struggling with the questions. We also did some reading comp, which is still causing her some difficulty. I assigned her test 4 in her assessment test book for next week in order to gauge her progress."
"The three students continued to work on practice test #4. By finishing section 7, we finished up all the writing sections for the test. With the writing sections completed, I graded each student's writing sections assuming the same score for the essays. Student A got a 530, student B got a 650, and student C got a 570. Their improvements for the writing sections from the last practice test was 90, 100, and 100, respectively. This is a great sign as they are continuing to improve their scores every time they take a new practice test, showing that experience and practice are exactly what they needed. With 3 sessions scheduled before their SAT date, we will continue to practice as much as possible and maximize their scores."
"The student and I began this session by reviewing the critical reading and grammar test that he completed for homework. He did very well on this overall. He should remember to take the time to look at vocabulary words and search for clues to their meanings. Next, we continued working on the essay. The student compiled an excellent list of examples, and we used this list to brainstorm two essays and outline one. We also practiced writing stellar thesis statements and topic sentences. The student has a good grasp on the structure and content of a strong essay; now he just needs to practice by writing timed essays on his own. For homework, the student will skim chapters 15-18 and note any mathematical terms or concepts he is not 100% comfortable with; write the timed essays in practice tests #3 and #4; and complete the sentence completion and grammar multiple choice problems in practice test #3."
"The student and I met for another session of SAT tutoring. I first read over an essay the student had written, which was a good effort and showed improvement in staying with original focus. We then practiced several sections of the test. The student did very well on math and reading, but struggled a bit on grammar. In future lessons we will go over various grammar rules."
"We once again focused primarily on math, particularly with general content review (rates, triangles, exponents, simultaneous equations, and more). We then worked through a couple practice sections, honing in on sets, patterns, and prime numbers. I asked the student to look through a math tips PDF to work on shortcuts and skills to tackle the math section as efficiently as possible. With continued practice, he will certainly improve on the next test administration."
"We spent most of this session on math, with some speaking about the other sections as well. We worked on ~10 problems. I think the student will do well; she seems to know algebra quite well and after some review will be able to handle any question on the test."
"We focused on the math section of the SAT, reviewing operations with variables, geometry, and other essential things/formulas needed for the test. Spent a good portion of the time going over rate/ratio/proportion problems. She should keep reviewing these types of problems."