Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student and I finished covering the math section with the exception of the algebra portion. This included a review of permutations and combinations, dealing with percentages, tax, interest, and some basic probability and statistics along with Venn diagrams. As usual she had a great attitude. We are meeting tomorrow so no extra practice. The main strategy for a lot of the percent and probability problems was to plug in answer choices and check, just to move quicker and end up doing less math."
"Today, the student and I went through the math sections of her practice test, solved the problems she got incorrect, and identified concept areas that we need to work on. We also spent the last twenty minutes on the critical reading section, working through questions she got incorrect. We didn't go through writing because her writing scores are very good! She is doing really well! Because of the time she is putting into practice beyond our lessons, her performance is improving weekly, which is great to see. She also takes great care to use the tips and strategies that I have directed her to use, which I believe is helping her tremendously."
"Student has not practiced much of the grammar that we have reviewed, so we did a practice exam on the website. We went over the remaining grammar concepts and then turned to the essay. Next session we will review the balance of the essay and turn to the final writing question type, correcting paragraphs."
"The student and I worked through some more writing exercises. We confirmed that he consistently answers quickly and correctly in the multiple choice writing section. He similarly hits no obstacles in the most challenging math practice tests I gave him, and does particularly well in geometry."
"We went over 4 sets of passage based critical reading questions under time restrictions to get a better sense of the timed test taking setting. The student appears to read a bit slowly, but when given extra time for unanswered questions, he performed well. We will work on strategies for guessing and time allocation as well as speed reading. We also did a mock essay section with the exact same time constraints that would be placed on him during an assessment test. We will go over his essay, which I will grade over the week, in our next session. He did not end up finishing the practice assessment test I sent him so he will work on that next week. I assigned him more vocabulary."
"The student and I began by going over her answers from the diagnostic test. We started navigating some of the math problems. We started by working heavily in coordinate geometry, particularly on lines and the line equations. I then showed her the main equations that she should know, such as the area of a sphere. Next week we will start working the essay portion."
"In this meeting, we went over the assessment math and critical reading sections. In the critical reading, she does a good job using context clues to figure out vocabulary. Her reading comprehension is pretty good, especially on shorter passages. As far as math, she's at the point where she's starting to get more familiar with the exam and get most of the questions right. She is understanding using algebra and starting to remember old geometry rules."
"The student and I discussed the overall strategy for the Critical Reading section of the test. We reviewed a PowerPoint. We also reviewed reading comprehension passages and vocabulary words. I will send her some materials to begin studying with."
"We worked through a large percentage of the student's practice test. He's improved dramatically on the multiple-choice writing section and even the passage-based sections."
"In this session, the student and I mainly focused on the Essay and Math portions of the assessment. I presented him with another essay prompt to outline, and we discussed how he would effectively defend his thesis. He did a much better job this time on giving focused evidence, and we talked about how he should next work on limiting his outlining time during the test. We then went through a Math section. He did very well today!"
"Today we spent half of our time on the essay portion, and half on math. We went through some sample prompts from the website and created outlines, coming up with and discussing useful and diverse supporting examples. I asked the student to try to remember the examples because they would likely be useful on other prompts. Next we worked through math questions on the site, and I reviewed the subject matter involved in detail with him. We spent most of our time on exponent rules and some geometric principles. Our next session, we will work on some specific topics, but we will also focus on reviewing general strategies for taking the test."
"The student showed her usual great focus. She asked for help factoring trinomials and showed me a process she had seen today in class. I showed her how I would reason through factoring these without this process. We practiced some problems and agreed to continue the unit conversions review in next session."