Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today was the best session we've had. The student was eager to learn. He's got a great, quirky sense of humor, and it really came out today; we had fun going over these problems together. We first discussed a math section that I'd assigned him for homework. In assigning the section, I'd emphasized the importance of taking his time with the questions, and this paid off, as he answered many questions and he only got one wrong. He was quite clearly pleased with his performance, and I think the tangible evidence of his patience finally registered with him. I assigned another three sections for homework, as the test is next week."
"We started by tackling a variety of grammar and usage exercises that I had selected for her from the book, working together to rewrite sentences, and then to complete SAT style multiple choice questions. We then reviewed a SAT math section that she had done for homework and I showed her some shortcuts that would help her save time. We went over what will and will not be expected of her on the SAT so she could look out for tricky questions that seem more demanding than they actually are. We also worked through a critical reading section where I was slightly more hands off than I had been in previous practice sections, so she could get a better idea of her progress. Although she did struggle a bit, there were certain passages on which she excelled, so I am confident that she can even out her performance with additional practice on the sorts of passages that are most challenging for her. She had written a practice SAT essay for our meeting, which she emailed to me for editing after our session. I edited it Friday to give her some feedback before she wrote any additional work."
"Tonight, the student and I looked at the Math section of a practice SAT. She scored a 450 which is 30 points higher than the last time she took the SAT. I am going to look over the questions she got incorrect and see what skills can work on before she takes the SAT in November"