Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, we took a close look at the student's practice test. Overall, he still needs improvement on his math and reading, but his writing score was around a 700, which is great; he picked up on grammatical errors strongly. With the math, we noticed that he lost points due to not reading the problem closely enough or missing a key word. With other concepts, he understood them once we went through them, so I will send him additional practice related to these topics. With reading, he should continue to memorize vocabulary. With the passage-based reading, he is improved on finding direct contextual support. I recommended that he look for context surrounding certain line references (two above and two below) to get a proper reading frame. As he completes more practice tests, he should be more prepared for the official test, and as long as he remains consistent with his work, he will certainly increase his score."
"We worked on doing a practice exam section from the critical reading portion of SAT. Because he did not do the exam beforehand, it took some time to go through it live. He seemed to falter a bit on the sentence completion but picked up on his passage reading. Time is still an issue to be addressed. With the remaining time we had left, we spoke about the essay. His homework is to send me an essay."
"The student and I worked for 1 1/2 hours on vocabulary. She brought out her 500 vocab word card set she uses, and we went through each card she hadn't attempted already (about 250 of them). The ones she grasped easily, we set aside, and the one which were more challenging we put in a different stack. From that stack, I tried to explain meanings based on the word roots we had studied, and by associating the cards with each other."
"Today the student and I reviewed some sections that she did and corrected over the past week. She absolutely rocked the reading section, but struggled a bit on the writing. Her essay was still a bit better this time; it had a strong thesis statement but still needs to work on writing topic sentences for her paragraphs rather than jumping into examples. We also worked on math and using numbers in abstract problems. Her homework is to do two complete tests (including the math sections) for our next meeting in two weeks."
"I gave the student some problems in math and grammar, and we did them together. She struggled a little with some of the math questions, but was quickly able to learn from her mistakes once she realized she made them. As long as she practices the different types of math questions that are known to pop up on the test, she will do just fine. As for grammar, there are a couple of rules that she seemed to not know, but once she learned what they are and how to apply them, she was able to get subsequent questions of the same type correct. We also talked about planning for completing college apps and discussed when she should start her making college checklist and actually start filling out applications."
"The student and I continued to work on the grammar section of the admissions test today. He continues to make progress in this section. He has a good grasp of the commonly tested grammar rules and I think that with a few more lessons, he will do quite well on this section. I am planning to test him tomorrow and assign him his homework."
"Went over the general structure of the admission test and the 3 sections. Focused on the Critical Reading and Writing sections, going over the practice questions and how to approach the various problems. Assigned the student some practice tests for homework."
"With an emphasis on reading comprehension skills, we have been moving through practice sections in the student's prep book. She has a lot of potential to increase the number of reading comprehension questions as she reads. When she answers questions as she reads, she is less likely to get distracted by the passage as a whole and gets most of the detail questions correct."
"The student and I worked on the writing section, both the essay and the multiple choice. At the end of the session I had him do a 10 minute timed section, and he correctly answered all the questions. The second student and I worked on math, and she is improving greatly now that she is back in school. She is going to do a 20 minute timed section for homework to see how she does under time pressure."
"We spent nearly the entire session going over the practice test the student did over the weekend. Overall, she has shown a lot of improvement! She did excellent in one math section! The writing and reading she asked for help on will also be worked on, which includes vocabulary."
"The student and I covered the 'Identifying Sentence Errors' area of the writing section, and went over some strategies for how to approach that section. We also covered some grammar topics during this time. We did not feel the need to continue with last week's focus on the critical reading section because she had shown great improvement in her work between sessions. We then went on to math. We focused on percentages and how to handle questions involving them, and as time went on we made some progress there."
"The student just took the ACT this weekend and reported that she had trouble finishing the reading sections in time, so we focused on Critical Reading practice this session. On the 4 practice tests that we completed, she scored 5/10, 9/10, 9/10, and 9/10 respectively. I recommended that she start reviewing the vocab cards now as those are easy points on the reading section."