Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"A good first session. The student is clearly competitive and motivated to improve her scores from recent SAT, especially Reading, in which she had a surprising decline from PSAT. Probably not a vocabulary issue. We will be working on all test sections, rather than focusing on Math, as she had done with her previous tutor. She will practice on questions in her review book."
"The student and I went back through the reading comprehension section, specifically focusing on identifying the author's tone of a given passage. We worked through the four practice tests that specifically focus on these types of questions. He struggled at first, scoring 50 percent on the first practice test. We went over his errors and found that he was often making inferences based on the test as opposed to analyzing what was actually written on the page. After some fine tuning, we tried another practice test, which he scored 75%. We finished by taking a practice test on critical reading in general, including questions not related to tone. He scored 100%. I am very pleased with his progress thus far. Next week, we will work through the essay portion."
"The student did well on his practice test, scoring in the low 700s for reading and writing and an 800 for math. The essay does need a little work, and he will be practicing his essay writing for the next ten days along with doing another practice test."
"We continued work on assessment test reading. Students both did well during practice, using new techniques to understand passages and answer questions. I introduced vocabulary fundamentals, including the use of keywords and logic to predict answers."
"The student and I began today's section by reviewing the assessment test math concepts that we hadn't touched on yet such as diagrams, probability, and geometry. She feels like some of the ideas are rusty, but she's quick at solving problems once we review the concepts. We'll continue to review probability and geometry in future sessions, but we won't need to devote any especial attention to these ideas, as she's mastered the basics. We concluded the session by introducing twenty new vocabulary words, defining and discussing the terms, and writing practice sentences to improve her retention. For homework, she is going to keep reviewing these new vocabulary words as well as read as much of one of the main sections (math, critical reading, or writing) in her prep book as possible."
"Since the student's test date is coming up, I wanted to go back through the math section and make sure that there are no holes in his understanding of the material. I gave him a guide to the SAT math concepts and we started going through it together covering order of operations, arithmetic and geometric sequences, percent change, and probability. He did very well on these concepts, although he is a bit too quick to guess on some of the more difficult problems. This is not a great strategy because the test makers deliberately include answer choices that look correct at first glance but are not. I tried to help him find quick ways to solve the problems with certainty that he can use instead of estimating or guessing. We will continue to work through the list of math concepts to find more areas where he struggles."
"Student completed the essay for homework, so I reviewed it with her. She uses simple and direct language, but her paragraphs and essay were a little disorganized so I addressed that. Her weakest section is math, so I had to show her how to solve the hardest ten problems. Although she was unfamiliar with many of the concepts, she has a good memory and has retained many of the topics from earlier sessions. She performed decently well in the critical reading passage and the multiple choice questions involving grammar."