Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We finished covering the math subjects in the prep book today, so this session we spent time looking at analogy style vocab questions. After we reviewed some of the commonly found analogy relationships, they did great. For next session, I assigned them a practice exam and will figure out where the girls need more help with."
"We continued to work on Upper Level math today. We scored the student's practice test math sections, then reviewed and practiced a bit of the PITA and PICKNUM solving techniques. I went through some specific math topics with him, including the "Bridges of Konigsberg" retracing problem, weighted averages, and stacked percentages."
"For each hour I spent with the two students I started by giving them a timed 25 minute essay. I then went over how to improve in it as well. Afterwards I did both mathematics and verbal exercises with them on the learning tools. In our last session we created vocabulary lists for each of them and we have added on to those lists today and will continue to do so. Both their essays greatly improved- they separated their ideas well and were concise yet still elaborate. They still struggle a bit with verbal which is the purpose of the vocabulary lists that they study every day. I left them with a lot of math homework and some reading comprehension and verbal homework. I do not have any concerns from this session."
"The first piece of good news is that the student scored perfectly on reading comprehension homework I assigned him. Then we ripped through some basic math review. He understands addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, exponents, and powers extremely well. I was testing him the entire time to ensure that he remembers the basics and he absolutely does. He needed a bit of review on doing operations with exponential functions which is a little advanced but still might be on the exam. We will continue Wednesday with some algebra review."
"I sent the student a link for the measurements we discussed. We worked through a Math section -- for which the student was very impressive -- before beginning to work on Reading Comprehension. The student scored above 90% on the 30 question Math set. I am very happy with the improvement, and the student stated he is feeling much more comfortable with the material. After he indicated he was feeling confident with Math we began looking at Reading Comprehension. For the next session we will be working through Reading Comprehension before turning our attention to Verbal in the second half."
"We covered a lot of math problems today. Specifically, word problems and arithmetic because the student struggles with math the most of all his subjects. I left him with a few follow up problems to focus on and we will recenter onto other topics next session."
"I had the student review some vocabulary from last session. Then she did math exercise problems and we reviewed the answers together. We reviewed the strategies and types of analogies questions and answered practice questions. Then she did practice sections for reading comprehension, and synonyms. Overall she did well and we also reviewed math concepts in fractions."
"The student and I went over reading comprehension and math questions. Her reading comprehension looks like it will improve a lot with some of the techniques we discussed."
"Today we worked on a lot of vocabulary - both choosing definitions and completing analogies. The analogies were very challenging, but that allowed us to practice strategy and to learn a lot of new vocabulary words. We also did reading comprehension, focusing on main idea/summary and detail questions. Identifying the best choice for main idea questions was a little bit tricky in our last session, but after the practice today I think that concept is mastered. We also talked briefly about the types of geometry questions that could appear on the SAT and we'll continue to practice specific geometry problems in the next session."
"Today, I worked with the student on the reading and verbal sections. We went over the reading problems he missed in his practice test, then worked through the four passages he had not finished together. I showed him how to annotate the passages as he reads. After that, we went over the verbal he had not worked, and I gave him suggestions for the analogies. We wrapped up by working through a couple of quantitative problems, and plan to work through the rest of that quantitative section tomorrow."
"This was my initial session with the student. First, the student's mom and I discussed a little about the student's goals. She wants to go to a top university and be a surgeon. The student seems like a bright kid, but she's pretty nervous about the test in general. She's skipped a couple of years in math, which means she's doing very advanced work, but she's concerned she might not remember some of the specific contents she's being tested on. After we talked a little about the test in general and the application process for schools, I had her do a passage . I left her with a short section of math problems to do before our next meeting."
"The student and I did a mix of reading comprehension, vocab/roots, and math work this afternoon. We started with a couple reading comp passages, focusing especially on deducing meanings of unfamiliar words from contextual clues. Next we worked with a list of words that I compiled that contained roots that she's been studying. We worked through half of the list, identifying roots (sometimes through association with more-familiar words) and trying then to put the roots together into a working definition. We spent the second hour on math, finishing up the final math problems from her exam study book and working through 3 exponent-based problems that I brought. We identified rate/time/distance problems and percentages as areas she would like more work on, and she is going to look through the math sections we have already gone over to pick out some of the kinds of problems that she wants more practice with."