Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today was my first session with the student. She is very anxious to learn and is extremely organized. She seems very hard working and she is an attentive listener. We began by doing a few passages from each section to see where her weak points lie. Right now, Science appears to be her weak point and English is her strong point. Most of her mistakes on her math section were due to her prematurely giving up and just guessing. We worked on building her confidence in this area and talked about reading each question two times and focusing on working through the problem one step at a time. Her reading was strong, we just need to work on timing."
"We began with a math section, where the student continued to do well. We then practiced a few vocab sections; she has a strong feel for this and only needs to continue reviewing vocabulary words from the list I provided her throughout the summer. With the reading sections, she had a little trouble with the specificity of the questions asked. However, with practice, she started to get a stronger sense of what they are looking for. She seems to have no problem with her reading speed, but she should get in the habit of finding direct support for her answers in the context. We finished up with another math section, focusing on the difficult questions; the student did well here. I recommended that she do a handful of problems from the strategy practice PDF I gave her, and that she complete a practice test on her own to get a baseline score."
"Today, the student and I met for the second time. We started the session by reviewing and testing the student's vocabulary skills. The student had already had vocabulary flash cards, and I tested her on ten of the words. She was able to recall 7 out of the 10 definitions. We then went over the SAT practice exam that we had agreed she would complete throughout the week. The student seemed to struggle the most with the Math sections, and so, we spent most of the time reviewing each question. She made several minor errors and was able to correct herself for most of these questions. We then did an essay together. The student had a hard time thinking of arguments and supporting sources for this particular essay question. We then went over how to make an outline for the essay, as well as, possible sources that she could have used. We agreed she would complete another exam during this coming week before we meet again next week."
"We went over the Reading section from Practice Test 4, which the student had done after our last session. While Reading is still notably his weakest area, that hardly means he is doing poorly on that section - he scored a 30, which is the 91st percentile. We also worked on defining vocabulary terms in preparation for his course next year. Before our next session, he will have completed an ACT essay."
"In my final session with both students, I reviewed and edited another essay for the first student and corrected her grammar errors. She again did well crafting her argument and using good examples as evidence, but her grammar errors might limit her scores on that section. I advised both her and the second student to keep practicing their writing and have it reviewed by another English speaker to improve their grammar. I also gave them a list of common books taught in American high schools and reviewed some ways to incorporate those examples in the essay. Additionally, we reviewed strategies on guessing versus omitting questions, and went over any questions they had problems with in their practice. They are on track to do very well on the exam, and just need some more practice with the reading and writing if they want to break into the 700's."
"This was my first session with the student. He seems very easy-going and is a wonderful listener. We went over some basic principles regarding mathematics that he will have to know very well in order to score well on the exam. These include averages, area/volume of shapes, interpreting word problems in to equations, and the interpretation of graphs. We also went over problems that involved slopes and y = mx + b format, as well as the midpoint formula and slope formulas as well."
"Today, the student and I started to go over the critical reading section. We discussed strategies for sentence completion, short passages, long passages, and paired passages. She likes to read the passages in full and then answer questions. I think this strategy might not be time efficient. I will have her do a times session next critical reading session to see. I assigned an essay for homework, and we will start going over the writing section on Monday."
"The student and I met on 7/10. We did a math section together. After this, we worked on reading and writing. Overall, the student is doing quite well in his practice sessions. He also notified me that he should be getting his ACT book in the mail soon. He struggled with spatial reasoning problems in the math section. I did not leave him with extra practice, but reiterated how to solve the problems he got incorrect."
"The student's practice ACT Writing section revealed that he is very good at coming up with ideas and supporting details. He needs help with grammar and phrasing, but as we went over the missed problems together, the student seemed to pick up on my explanations very quickly. For next time, I have asked him to do practice English, Reading, and Science sections."
"The student and I met for another session of SAT tutoring. We began to work from a new book of SAT math problems. We started by working on arithmetic. The student seemed to understand the concepts, but struggled with the applying those concepts to the practice questions. We also practiced critical reading and vocabulary. He told me he has been studying his vocabulary and it is showing as he is already doing better at the sentence completion questions."
"Worked on ACT English for 1hr 15m. Student Completed a full ACT English section, scored 67/75 in 33:40 (11 minutes remaining). Composite score of 28. Student's main errors were subject verb agreement issues. A couple of isolated other errors including who/whom, redundancy, etc. Went over mistakes and established which answer was correct and why. Spent remaining 45 minutes of session working on ACT math. Worked through partial math section in chunks of 10 questions each, after going over differences between ACT/SAT math. Student scored 38/40 questions completed. Went over how to solve questions missed. Topics included finding dimensions using right triangles"
"During our session, we reviewed grammar rules through writing multiple choice practice, and also completed some passage-based reading and vocab practice for the critical reading section. I provided the student with a vocab list and a list of commonly tested SAT idioms. We drilled for the math section, discussing remainders, the area of a circle, the volume of a cylinder and rectangular solid, median and mode, and graphs with absolute value, among other topics. She seems to be making good progress. I did not leave extra practice but we will meet again in 4 days. No concerns to report."