Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"For this lesson, the student and I first focused on math problems relating to the concepts of averages and polynomials. For the rest of the lesson, we practiced the reading and writing."
"The student and I began with more review on the math section. We emphasized tackling problems step-by-step instead of trying to immediately find the answer. We also focused on translating word problems into mathematical expressions, an important step that helped her grasp some complicated problems today. We also looked at some critical reading questions. She has a pretty good vocabulary so far and learns words quickly. We talked about how some sentence completion problems are more about the sentence structure than the individual vocab words, I highlighted a couple of common types of sentences that occur during those questions. We also looked at passage-based questions, focusing on finding support for our answer choice in the passage itself."
"Today we reviewed The student's practice test from last week. Most of the questions she struggles with are critical reading. We did another chapter of Critical Reading and Writing practice from the book and talked about strategies. She is doing exceptionally well on her practice exams."
"We went over vocabulary where her performance tends to vary--this week not so good. Then we went over the long critical reading passages where she performed perfectly on two difficult long passages. She just needs to keep her focus up to do well--our last session is next week."
"We spent all of today on the writing section. I outlined the common types of errors the SAT tests, and went over them with the student . We went over example questions of the common errors, and then we went through a sample SAT writing section, with a focus toward identifying the kinds of errors in the questions. She understands about half of the error types intuitively because of her great ear for the language. She struggles mainly with pronoun agreement, so I drilled her on those toward the end of the session. Matching the pronouns to the nouns they're replacing is the main area she can improve, and that will come with more practice."
"Today the student and I reviewed and studied newer SAT vocabulary, and spent some time practicing SAT critical reading. We also worked our way through some particularly challenging math problems. She is gaining confidence each week, and rightfully so. Her scores are improving, and she will be very well prepared on test day."
"The student and I continued our work on the math section today of the SAT. We worked on the fifth section of practice test nine. I'd say that about fifty percent of the material clicks with him, and the other fifty percent deals with concepts he has yet to learn in school, such as functions and combinations. We spent a bit of time talking today about how to approach these lessons, and he is learning them, but I think functions will require another series of instructions to really sink in for him. As such, I am assigning him a series of problems dealing with functions to assess his current knowledge of the material, which I will then use to figure out where to focus our lesson next week."
"Today we worked on essays only. I started by reviewing, analyzing, and giving feedback on the SAT essay. It was stronger, and most importantly shorter than his last, though he still didn't have time to finish it. The student included some analysis of why his examples supported his position, and generally appropriate examples."
"The student is doing great! We went over the sections she took last week. She had only missed a few questions which was really exciting! We then went over the more difficult questions on another practice test, doing more annotating on long passages. Her work is paying off."
"The student's last practice essay was excellent, scoring an 11 out of 12. We did some extra practice of the SAT Writing and Math sections tonight; she had very little issue with the Writing questions, and most of the Math went smoothly as well. The student said she will practice some Reading questions on her own before the test as well."
"The student completed her first practice essay in time for our session. I praised her vocabulary and command of language while providing her with some time management advice, strongly advising her to construct her essay and thesis around her observations regarding a worthy example or two rather than settling on a thesis before finding details with which to illustrate it. We then moved on to critical reading samples from her review manual, where she performed beautifully on sentence completion, already putting to use some practical strategies of elimination (not to mention a strong vocabulary). Passage-based questions posed more of a challenge which we will return to, while she is quickly adopting some of my advice of responding to questions regarding specified lines before approaching "main idea" questions, as a way of saving some reading time. I assigned her the first 5 sections of a practice test, including the essay, to look over the results to at our next meeting."
"We started out slow and steady, working almost entirely on math this session. She has a pretty good grasp on the material, with a few minor things having been forgotten. I am confident she can do well on the math section with a little brush-up on the skills required."