Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I continued to work through the foundations of math and English that will be crucial to know to perform well on the SAT. We started by going through a 25 minute math section of her test booklet. She ended up with a 15/25, not answering two of the problems. Her performance does show marked improvement. We finished with a 25 minute reading comprehension sections, which she scored 19/25. I was genuinely surprised and doubly ecstatic by this result, considering that she scored in the 7 percentile on her diagnostic. English is a second language for the student, and her improvement in this section has been a revelation. If that improvement translates to the other sections, she should score very well on the test."
"The session went very well. We went over all four subjects, doing about 1 half of a practice test in each one. He demonstrates a consistent understanding of all material, so I have assigned him one full practice test to assess how we will focus our efforts in the coming four weeks."
"Did some practice math sections from the review book. She mentioned her weakest topics were factoring and radicals. I also noticed she could use some more work on geometry topics, especially transversals and triangles. Writing and reading were pretty good. We talked a bit about the essay and scoring."
"This session we looked at a little bit of everything-- science, English, and math. With science, we focused on interpreting data and forming conclusions based on a synthesis of written information and graphical information. For English, we looked less at the mechanics and grammar and more at the questions that deal with choosing the best substitute or add-on to the given text, questions that involve choosing the answer choice that provides the most appropriate and most specific answer. For math, we reviewed a little bit of algebra and geometry and then focused on approaching problems with one shape inscribed or overlapping with another and figuring out how to find a bridge between them in order to find out information from one based on the other."
"We went over combining math skills within the same problem. He can solve simple equations. He has a ton of materials and will be taking the GED in a week, then re-evaluate from there."
"The student and I did a thorough overview of the science section through an ACT book. We completed several passages, with a multitude of problems: data interpretation, data synthesis and analysis, and conflicting viewpoints. The student seems to be catching on quickly to strategies such as process of elimination and looking for keywords. She stated that she would practice more, and that would help her greatly. Next session, we will cover the math section."
"The student has just one chapter left to read and notate. She has been very on top of it and when we review I feel confident that we are patching up the holes that might exist in her memory. I have assigned her to go back and take notes on her typed notes from the last two chapters as I think handwriting them is good and also to make one more table to organize the taxonomy. I think we are right on track and I think based on how she does on her upcoming practice tests we can go back and hone in on the more difficult topics."
"Today we first went over an essay she had written and talked about better writing practice. I advised her to use more concrete examples and to ensure that her sentences flow together so that each one follows from the last. I also advised her to use the full extent of her vocabulary, though not to go out of her way to use words that are more difficult than necessary. To finish, we reviewed logs from last lesson, and then did some practice problems with number properties. Instead of trying to rectify all the rules in her head, I suggested she solve them using the plug and check method, which worked quite well for the problems we worked on. As always, she was very positive and open to suggestion, and a pleasure to work with."
"I appreciate his good attitude and willing to spend so much time during his break on SAT prep. For this session, we focused on math. Because the student's score is increasing rapidly in this section, he wants to focus on it in order to maximize his overall score. He does very well when solving word problems. We are also focusing on geometry since he hasn't taken the class for a few years. For homework, the student will study 10 new vocabulary words and complete additional math practice."
"The student and I went through percent and percent change today. He knows his basics, but he needs to practice some of the less obvious questions. He will practice flashcards as well as come up with problems in math for next time."
"Today the student and I reviewed his sample essay and focused on trying to be more concise. I advised him to try to write shorter introductions and conclusions and to try to be more concise in the body paragraphs. We next looked at vocabulary and reviewed our strategies from last week. I introduced two blank sentences and walked him through how they change the strategy, especially making sure that both answers fit well in the blanks. Finally, we reviewed grammar and common errors from the writing section. I assigned him another sample essay, vocabulary practice from the review book, and writing practice from the review book. We will focus on the writing homework and move on to math next week."
"Today the student and I got started on some of the basic information she will need to know for the math section. She expressed that she has forgotten many on the formulas and basic rules, so we went ahead and created a study sheet for her. It is clear that her critical thinking is very strong, so with some studying I believe she can improve her scores."