Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During the first half of this session I worked with the student. We continued our work on Grammar questions and I explained how there were actually only so many categories of error and that if he keeps them in mind he will be able to tell when he is saying something is an error due to a stylistic instinct rather than a Grammar instinct. I encouraged the student to do a full practice exam before the next time I saw him so that he would be fully able to point to which weaknesses are persisting."
"The student had very high accuracy when doing untimed math sections. Because he seemed more confident, I then gave him a timed math section. While his accuracy decreased slightly, it was still an improvement from earlier. To make sure his vocabulary studies don't slow down, we did some sentence completion questions from the critical reading in order to develop another vocabulary list. The student's confidence and accuracy have already increased with vocabulary."
"We went over the third practice test yesterday. She has shown great progress and has exceeded her goal score of 1800! She jumped up 100 points in math since her test in February, which is fantastic progress. The questions that she's missing do not correspond to a specific skill set, but we chose a few areas to concentrate on next Sunday. We will also discuss test anxiety strategies, fatigue, and other ways to prepare for the test."
"Today the student and I completed the remainder of the Critical Reading strategy section, covering strategies such as paraphrasing, using logic and common sense, and identifying and avoiding trivially true answers. After I had explained each strategy or technique, we went through a practice reading passage and associated questions together, paying special attention to applying the concept at hand. After finishing the Critical Reading strategy section, we began discussing an overview of approaching the essay section, especially the importance of good examples and brainstorming. I asked her to brainstorm examples and come up with a thesis statement for two practice essays before our next session."
"We went through math word problems, covering the worksheets that she did for homework and doing a quick review of techniques and strategies."
"First we went over the student's exam. She definitely needs more assistance in critical reading, as her vocabulary base needs to improve. Then we discussed what is required for a 6 point essay. Before leaving, I assigned homework due for next Tuesday."
"Tonight, the student and I reviewed vocabulary. Then he completed a reading and writing section. Lastly, he completed a math diagnostic test on numbers and operations. We went over all the correct answers for all sections."
"We practiced through several test sections from the official SAT guide (two writing, two math, one reading) and did a few mini-lessons on topics that the student was unsure about (e.g. past/present perfect). We went through every question step-by-step until she had a good idea of how to approach the problem (e.g. when to plug in the answer vs when to do the algebra). She improved on the math and writing sections - with more practice, she will be even quicker to identify common grammatical errors. She was strong in reading, but just needed to focus on finding direct contextual support in a few questions. We will practice even more during tomorrow afternoon."
"The student's SAT is in 1 week. Lots of cramming in final concepts before the test. We did a bunch of vocab drills and math problems about averages. I gave him one last practice test to take over this weekend. Meeting again Monday."
"The student and I continued our work on the Critical Reading section of the SAT. In particular we looked at tips and strategies for fiction passages and for Sentence Completion questions. She has very good logic and instincts regarding Sentence Completion questions in particular and often was able to zero in on the right answer even when questions contained multiple unfamiliar words. She did express some concern about vocabulary and the number of words she felt challenging, so we started doing vocabulary enrichment work based on breaking words down to roots and prefixes. With that goal in mind, I left her with an ongoing assignment to find meanings, example words and opportunities to use two to three new word roots per day."
"The student and I had a very strong session. She has improved a good deal on the reading passages and the multiple choice for the writing section. The biggest thing is that we focus on learning more vocabulary."
"The student did a great job today. We worked on the SAT essay. He grasped the concepts quickly and by the end was doing well with analyzing and evaluating essays."