Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student practiced reading, math, and science timing. His accuracy, especially in reading, is improving."
"We worked on trigonometry and some geometry. We talked about properties of parallel lines and how to find angles using triangles."
"We covered all four sections today. He has definitely shown improvement in reading and science. Well done!!"
"We did more reading today. I tried to see if I could get the student's speed up a little bit without sacrificing accuracy by attempting to make a challenge of it, telling him we would see what he could do in ten minutes with a passage. We will continue to work on this."
"The student and I worked on basic math problems today in the practice problem section of the tutoring platform. He seemed to like the new way to solve the problems on the program. The ones he did not know, we went over on the work board to solve them. His math skills are improving. We did quite a few interest problems and problems with money. For the next session, I am going to email his teachers so I can find out what they are working on in school."
"Today, the student and I had our first lesson. First, we each introduced ourselves, and I asked him to rank the sections in order of difficulty. He told me that the hardest part was the grammar questions and recognizing grammatical errors, so we drilled that some. Then, I taught him my passage-reading system for the Reading section, which he picked up very well. Then, I had him do a practice essay. I told him not to use "I" in the essay and to use examples to support his points. We closed out with some math, which he performed very well on. I assigned him a practice section of each type and told him to take them timed. Next week, we will go over the assigned sections, and I will give him some more drills based on them."
"The student and I worked through approximately 25 SAT math questions. She was often unsure how to set problems up, so we worked on cross-multiplying, setting equations equal to each other, and plugging numbers into geometric equations. She was more comfortable with algebraic expressions than with word problems, but we worked on strategies to break down relevant information in word problems. I assigned an essay and a grammar section as homework."
"The student and I worked on numerous (12) critical reading passages today, focusing on questions about author's tone, intent, and intended audience. Some strategies we identified include: come up with a "tone" in your own words, before reading the suggestions, be alert to the use of humor in a passage, and a "poetic" tone (for SAT purposes) only requires that the passage use some kind of poetic device like extended metaphor. Also, a "serious" tone should be truly grave or serious, not just neutral. After reading, we moved on to grammar, and I quickly deduced that he relies a lot on his ear--which is well-trained, and works for most questions-- but not for all questions. We introduced some formal rules about "better" vs "among," "better" vs "best," and dangling clauses."
"Today's focus was the multiple-choice writing section. The student had some blank spots in his study of grammar, so we spent some time reviewing clauses, passive voice, and semicolons. He did fairly well at applying subjects we reviewed when they came up in the context of questions. On Friday, we will focus on math."
"Today we reviewed ratios and probabilities, and moved into data analysis, reading graphs and interpreting the results. We also mastered converting decimals into percentages and the inverse. The student expressed a desire to begin work on algebra. I mentioned that she would benefit from doing her homework and reviewing material between sessions. She also needs help on reading word problems correctly to accurately work with information given. She typically needs assistance from the instructor to set up problems correctly. Next week we will begin working on some algebra. She is making good progress, however will need more practice to score well on the test. I am looking to assist her with some mnemonic devices and break down problems into simple steps for memory purpose."
"The student and I worked a little on math and then spent the rest of the session on reading and writing. We went through test-taking skills for each section. I tried to cover each section with the most emphasis, obviously, on math these last two days."
"We spent the session completing an entire two sections of math, calculator and non-calculator, in order to brush up on general skills after the holiday break. The student continues to have a good handle on most problem types but needs to continue to review on his own several concepts across the board. He should go through the online math sections and do the personalized exercises on a consistent basis in order to stay abreast of all the algebra necessary for the test."