Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During this lesson, the student and I continued to cover rough spots from past lessons. The focus here is improving areas of weakness in RC/Writing so we can devote the majority of our time to math, which is much more cut and dry. The student was assigned several math sections for homework. All in all a good session with continued progress. On to Math!"
"SAT Arithmetic topics were covered including sets, the number line and signed numbers, absolute values, primes, prime factorization, LCM, GCF and rules of exponents among other things. Several practice problems were assigned and the student performed very well."
"The student and I went over a practice exam that he had completed prior to the session. The student did very well on the practice exam and significantly improved his scores in all sections. We also reviewed several math sections of the SAT. He will complete four more practice SAT sections prior to our next and final meeting."
"The student and I continued our work on SAT preparation. We focused specifically on the Writing portion, as that has been that area in which she struggles most and feels least confident. We spent most of our time on specific grammar points so the student could more readily identify and correct errors as part of the multiple choice section of the Writing portion. We went over some common grammatical errors that routinely appear on the exam, as well as strategies for solving the problems even when it is not clear what the specific grammatical point in question may be. She did very well with the material and seemed more confident. We did several sets of practice problems and her performance was excellent."
"The student and I went over vocabulary, writing, and math examples from the third practice SAT. I did not see any scores/grades to note progress. I left the student with the next section in the third practice SAT in the Official Guide, and have no concerns from this session."
"We began with an untimed reading section, focusing on accuracy and strategy. I had him retry any questions he missed and found he has 100% accuracy the second time around. We talked about slowing down and fully reading each question and answer as well as skimming the passages more fully. Next he did a writing section for grammar practice and revised with the same results. He knows the material."
"At the beginning of today's session, I administered an essay prompt for the student to complete under timed conditions. Prior to starting it, he informed me that he had done additional research on what constitutes a 6 essay. After reading his completed essay, I could tell that his research on the side helped clarify his thoughts and present his argument in a more direct fashion. I would give today's essay a strong 3 or a weak 4. He still needs to state his subsidiary points explicitly and fully explain his examples. After the essay practice, we moved on to a critical reading section. He performed very well on the section. We moved on to a writing section next, and he performed very well on this section as well. I believe with some more essay practice, he should be able to achieve what he had set as a goal for himself with regard to these two sections."
"This was my last session with the student. She continues to improve, particularly in math, and we went over several sections of critical reading together as well. We have gone through most of the practice tests in the book together, so I instructed her to finish studying by completing those that we haven't."
"I reviewed the student's essay and prewriting from Test 5 of the SAT practice book. Her examples have improved. We reviewed math questions that were hard for her, as well as critical reading passages. Over the coming week, I asked her to summarize each critical reading passage using visual aids and highlighting key words. The goal is to improve her reading comprehension. I also assigned writing section prep from Test 5."
"The student and I met for another session of SAT tutoring. As this is our second to last tutoring session, we worked more on polishing certain test skills, as opposed to going over new material. We spent time doing critical reading, where his vocabulary has begun to improve. We also went over an essay he had written, which was very strong. I gave it a score of 5 out of 6. Finally we went over identifying question difficulty and allocating your time. He has already made huge strides."
"During our first session, I began by asking the student about her previous experiences with the SAT and what her goals were for this time. She explained that she had taken the SAT twice previously, the first time scoring 1830 and the second around 1900, and that her goal score was 2000. I looked over her score report from her first attempt while she completed a diagnostic test. In this way, I hoped to judge what subject matter or question types she found particularly challenging, and whether her scoring patterns had changed overall since her previous attempts. I found that previously, she had particularly struggled with the math questions and the passage based Reading Comprehension questions. After scoring her test, I found that her Mathematics score had markedly improved, but possibly needed a little help with her Reading Comprehension scores. We agreed to begin our next session with a review of the Reading section."
"We covered timed practice in the English, Science, and Math portions. In the Math portion, we talked about important formulas such as combinatorial and permutation formulas and geometric formulas e.g.. volume of solids. She is doing very well. I did not leave her with extra practice."