Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today was my first session with this student. He had been working with another tutor, so I spent some time in the beginning of the session introducing myself and my test prep philosophy. We then went over several sections and I had him write an essay, as well as discussing strategies and tips for mastering the SAT. Finally I assigned several sections for him to complete as homework for our next session."
"We reviewed the format of the SAT and PSAT and discussed the critical reading section format in detail and strategies for both the sentence completion and reading passage sections. The student completed the sentence completion and short reading passages of a previous year's SAT."
"Today we started with reading and science. The student is a natural with both subjects and got pretty much every question right. We spent a bunch of time talking about strategy and how he can best use his time on the test. We might work a bit more on science, but reading is good to go. Next session, when he has the book, we will start with math."
"For our first of three sessions in three days, we focused on math, using a test prep math workbook. We started with Advanced Algebra, particularly the "symbol" problems in which the test writers invent function notations other than "f(x) ="; these tend to be especially tricky. We also talked about direct and indirect variation and the equations associated with these situations. Then, we looked at general word problems, particularly ones for which you have to solve sets of algebraic equations; we also solved word problems involving rates, averages, and proportions."
"Sunday was a great session! We went over the English and Reading tests the student had completed over break and did some additional grammar review. I was very impressed with her Reading test! She used the strategies we have been discussing and showed a big improvement from before the holiday. This week, she will complete a Science practice test for homework."
"The student and I went over a practice test that he completed over the last week preceding the session. We went over the math section which he fully completed. We also went over the part of the reading section that he completed and I gave him some tips for that part of the test. We also completed and went over part of the writing section."
"We had a bit of technical difficulty getting started, but once we got started things went ok. We talked about the general differences between the ACT and SAT. The student's homework included finding out if he is taking the writing portion of the ACT. We started working on science, since that is the section the SAT does not cover. We went through 4 passages and I explained the different structures and how to know what to look for in order to read efficiently. He seemed to be doing really well on these in general. I offered him 3 more passages for practice. Then we switched to English and did two passages. I refreshed some of the grammar and usage rules that we had talked about on the SAT and explained a few of the new types of questions that are on the ACT. His biggest struggle were the questions that required reading comprehension so I stopped him every few paragraphs and made sure he knew what we were reading. I suggested he do one or two more English passages for practice."
"The student had no new homework so we spent the entire session reviewing for the SAT. We continued to review the practice test that he took last session. First we reviewed the problems that he got wrong, then we looked over the problems he got correct so I could see how he approached the problems. He is beginning to implement several good test-taking strategies -- I would like to continue looking at more problems so he can more easily decide which strategy is best for each problem. I am very confident that he has a good understanding of math fundamentals and that he can correctly solve most of the problems on the test without guessing. I'd like to help him gain this confidence in himself that so that he is less intimidated by the questions and becomes willing to try each problem instead of guessing. I have asked him to bring his SAT practice book next Monday so that we can cover more practice problems together."
"We started with a quick review of verbals, which we had covered in our previous session. We built on those concepts with discussions of split infinitives and possessives in conjunction with gerunds. The student was able to identify gerunds in a sentence. We spent the remainder of our session on passage-based reading. We read two passages: a straightforward but highly technical passage to test her reading comprehension and attention to detail, and one satirical piece to practice her analytical skills."
"The students studied vocabulary over the break. They completed the math section for review in today's session. We reviewed the math section and had them explain their work to each other. Student 1 was able to explain concepts and teach the correct answer to Student 2. They then completed the critical reading section for review. For homework, they are to continue memorizing vocabulary and complete one math, one writing multiple choice, and one critical reading section to be scored and reviewed."
"The student showed good focus today as we worked through questions 1-14 in the math portion of a GED practice test. We elaborated to review equations on lines and graphing and created some additional practice as we worked. He did well with a few reminders along the way. He is scheduled to test next week on Monday and Tuesday. I asked him to do some personal journaling in hopes of getting him to write something, and to complete a math practice test."
"The student and I diagnosed the SAT section I asked him to complete for homework. Next week we are going to work on a live test scenario with active coaching through the questions. For practice, I asked him to review the first two chapters in his book pertaining to the math section that cover sample questions under specific topics."