Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During today's session, the student and I continued to work through problems taken from released practice exams. She is a quick learner, but I would like to see her take more initiative when solving the most difficult math questions. Her sub-section performance continues to improve, and I look forward to further boosting her score over the next few months."
"The student and I covered the math section of the SAT for 2 hours. We completed 2 sections, working through problems together. The student had difficulty on certain problem types, such as: interpretation of data and charts, geometry (e.g., calculating the area of shapes inside of other shapes), the relationship between functions, and certain logic problems. We are beginning to develop a "strategy" for each problem type, and I think this will help the student improve his score substantially. I assigned him 2 math sections and 1 writing section for homework."
"We reviewed math topics/strategy, particularly in averages. The student needed a little brushing up, but picked things back up quickly. We spent the rest of the time reviewing common grammatical errors, such as subject/verb agreement, noun agreement, pronoun use, faulty comparisons, and misplaced modifiers. He was very adept at these and identified errors fairly quickly. I recommended that he do an entire practice test throughout the next week as the time is nearing toward the official test date."
"This was our second session and it went well. Both of the students had taken evaluative tests so we were able to identify their strengths and weaknesses for the writing and reading sections. Before the next session, they will take a math evaluation. We worked through practice problems together. Both students should be reading and listening to news/advanced articles in order to improve their vocabulary in context."
"We started by reviewing the 4 sections the student did in Writing and Verbal Reasoning. He did exceptionally, missing very few and being near the answers in all the ones he omitted. The math continues to be his weak area, but once again he can answer the question once given the concept he is missing. I asked him to focus mainly on math for homework, timed, so he can better cover the material."
"We continued to work through sections in the practice SAT book by doing examples in all three sections. We continued to discuss strategies and things to look for in order to know what they are testing. She's doing really well. She almost got all of the ones in the writing section correct without any help."
"The student rebounded from a tough math section (with unusually challenging grid-ins) to score a 17/20 on the next math section. She missed the last 3 questions so I reviewed them with her. It seems that abstract algebra questions involving several variables as well as geometry questions are her weak points. She is very accurate on the writing multiple choice sections, and I'm proud of her for using specific examples in her most recent essay. She still should study vocabulary, but it's not hurting her critical reading score that much."
"The student and I talked about his scores on the SAT and about how the best way for him to improve them. After this, we reviewed his essay, which was well-written. We then spent the remainder of our time working on sentence completion exercises."
"The student and I had a productive session working on SAT math. We went through a number of practice problems by focusing on common strategies and breaking questions down into a series of steps. She did pretty well although she does sometimes get confused. I assigned her some further questions for homework."
"Vocabulary review and practice. Introduced and practiced strategy for sentence completion questions. Reviewed reading and grammar section homework, evaluated which areas to work on for grammar. Discussed weak areas in Spanish (por/para)."
"The student and I continued our Critical Reading and Writing seminar, focusing on organization and purpose. She needs to try to articulate her interpretation of the text so that she can effectively peruse the answers. I asked her to look at several flashcards for me for next time. We will probably transition to math next week."
"The student and I mainly focused on the Math section of the SAT. We had a very positive session. I learned a lot about how her thought process works. She is diagnosed with ADHD, and therefore will most likely not have a time limit on her SAT. She spent two hours to finish a 40 question practice test that normally takes 45 minutes. Granted, much of that time involved me teaching her strategies and concepts. Still, not having a time limit will be key to her success on the test. She ended up scoring in the 95th percentile."