Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Topics covered: review of "problem" problems from math section; walkthrough of exam science section together, with tips and tricks for solving. Progress achieved: the student is now much more confident in her ability to correctly answer science questions and can more quickly and often choose the right answer."
"The student and I worked today on more critical reading review. We did the critical reading sections of practice test 2. He did extremely well on the passage comprehension section, and showed a lot of improvement in sentence completion. We also worked on the writing section at the end of the session. For next week, the student will work on his vocabulary flashcards, which we will go over."
"After a brief talk with his father, I looked over the student's assigned math practice test and was pleased to see that he had scored a 28, a large improvement over both his diagnostic test and his previous exam! We looked over the questions he missed before doing some more fresh practice together; he seemed to be doing much better at staying focused and keeping up a good pace this week."
"Practiced exam math problems, went through four exam math practice tests, reviewing together all problems that he was unsure on to practice and reinforce concepts & strategies. Will meet next week to focus on the assessment, which he will be taking 9/21."
"Discussed strategies for doing better on the reading section (do the selections in the order of personal interest; read the question stems before reading the selection, realize that one section will likely be complete guessing and put the time into quality work on the other three sections). Since the student will be taking the test in two weeks, next week we will focus on science."
"The student and I split our time between math and verbal today. We spent the first half going over verbal problems and covering lots of vocabulary. As usual, he should review what he has written down. The second half was spent doing number concepts questions. He seemed to have trouble figuring out exactly what the question was asking. Next time we'll keep working on math."
"The student and I worked on his essays. As I told him, they were decent as far as topics, but the writing had none of the immediacy and candor of his usual writing, probably because he thinks he should be very formal for admissions. But what admissions wants is to see a human being behind the writing. So we re-tooled one essay and I think he has the idea of what he needs to do to fix the others."
"The student and I looked over the practice exam that I sent him and saw one word problem with a bar graph he had a question on that we reviewed. His exam is this Saturday. For this reason, it is important for him to experience the timing of the questions. Tonight, he completed a practice test for the Verbal and Quantitative sections. For the Verbal Reasoning, he scored an 80%. For the math, he answered 73% of the questions correctly. We had time to analyze the first 3 incorrect answers tonight, and are going to review the last 7 answers and topics tomorrow."
"We covered the difficulties of answering grid-in questions on the math section of the SAT as opposed to multiple choice. In practicing grid-ins, we went over how to tackle more difficult conceptual questions by translating them into solvable functions. We then looked at grammar from the writing section briefly - pronoun antecedent, subject-verb agreement, and other fundamental concepts needed to identify the non-grammatical answers to a sentence on the SAT."
"My first session with the student went well! She is such a sweet girl, and she has a lot of skill already for the test. I'm really excited to see what we can accomplish together! We spent the first 15 minutes discussing the test, her experience with the test, and how sessions will work. She ran out of time on a test for each section, so we're focusing on ways to speed her up. We discussed Reading and Science strategy today and did some practice passages. She is going to practice more for homework. We finished out our time together discussing the English section and some grammar tips. We'll focus more on English next time."
"We did online practice problems today. The student is still making some minor errors in math, so we talked about slowing down and double-checking formulas before applying them. We also reviewed the distance formula. On the Writing section, her grammar knowledge is improving, and anything she got wrong she was able to learn and use correctly on a later question (for example, semicolons). Given her most recent scores, it's likely she can push into the 700s for all the sections. For next week, I asked her to complete test #10."
"We covered all aspects of the sentence correction and sentence error tactics. Afterwards, we took some practice tests. The student was indeed brilliant in her approach to comprehending the sometimes perplexing sentences, however she still needs more practice. Her scores were 8/10 for the sentence correction, and 21/25 for the sentence error section."