Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I continued math review and practice with calculations, addition with regrouping and multi-digit subtraction, pictographs, skip-counting, and quantitative logical reasoning word problems. In reading, he practiced reading a 2nd grade level passage and answering questions. We discussed the importance of not guessing on questions and practiced going back to the story to find evidence for each question. His testing is next week, so this will be our last session unless any additional concerns arise."
"The student and I worked through nearly a month's worth of questions from the test website, focusing primarily on reading questions and multiple choice math questions."
"This topic the student and I covered the basics of algebra such as simplifying and factoring polynomials. Throughout the session I saw her develop an understanding for factoring and even became quick at doing the work accurately. I left her to go unto the next session in the book and also to complete the quiz we had worked on last week."
"The student and I counted and read today. I encouraged her to write numbers, because she hasn't done that very much. I want to help her understand the hundreds, tens, and singles places in three digit numbers."
"We went over grammar related passages as well as reading comprehension passages. The student did well with this. His last essay was much better and had clear thesis statement. It's introduction also clearly laid out the sub arguments that he would be using throughout the rest of the essay. I was happy to see the improvement."
"The student and I had another productive session preparing him for his math assessment exam. We covered over 40 problems from his book. I also showed him how to program his calculator with the quadratic equation as well as a few other tricks on the calculator. Overall, a very good session."
"We began by talking about the SAT exam in general - the length, number of sections, and how it is scored. We then focused on the mathematics section and reviewed scoring of multiple choice and student produced response questions, and the reference sheet that will be given to students during the exam. After this, we went over problem-solving strategies such as back-solving starting with answer choice 'C', using the diagrams, replacing variables with numbers, choosing appropriate numbers to use, and using a calculator for tedious calculations. We completed a twenty-five minute math section of an SAT from a review guide and went over troublesome questions. The last topics we discussed were integers and arithmetic word problems."
"Finished sections on triangles, quadrilaterals, circles, and solid geometry in the SAT book. Will probably finish Coordinate Geometry and miscellaneous math topics next session. The student is doing very well on the geometry problems, and is getting very good at SAT tricks and shortcuts."
"We focused on fill in the blank sentences. Strategies discussed included looking for context clues and looking for hints of synonyms or antonyms in the sentence. For next time I am sending some math questions to practice."
"We covered electric forces, electric fields, how electric potential is analogous to gravitational potential, voltage, current, resistance, and Joule's Law relating voltage, current, and power and the student is going to do a diagnostic test in both SAT Physics and SAT Math for review for next time."
"Today we worked on math and writing. We looked at several practice questions on each, looking at things to look out for on writing (implied "they" pronouns, singular vs. plural, etc.) as well as ways to intuit the right answer. On math, we went over some concepts: exponents (especially of the fractional and negative variety), slope formula, and special triangles. It was a good foundation of things."
"The student and I discussed her previous experience with the SAT, and her new goal of a 1700. Today, we talked about strategies when approaching the reading section, and went over a few reading passages. We talked about noting the main idea, author (tone, attitude, POV, familiarity with subject), and interesting or weird points to note in a passage. We briefly looked at sentence completions. Then, we worked on a few math concepts, focusing mainly on geometry."