Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I began with a thorough review of a practice test he recently took. We began with his essay, which was relatively strong but could use a little improvement. We worked mostly on ways to strengthen his evidence -- adding specific examples to warrant his evidence and make his overall point stronger. After that, we went over each question he had missed and figured out why the correct response was such. Along the way, we talked about some general rules for grammar, such as "furthermore" rarely being used in a conclusion paragraph and the difference in use between "each" and "every." We went over some math problems that had taken him a long time and attempted to find shortcuts. For questions involving absolute values, for instance, it is useful to find the midpoint between the two figures given and then only consider answers which include that midpoint, and using 0 to guess-and-check saves a few seconds. Then, we went through some critical reading sections and worked on ways to figure out questions on the "tone of the passage." We came to a strategy of reading the passage once, looking at the question, eliminating 2-3 answers, and then reading it again with the answers in mind. We also spoke about foods to eat before and during test taking, like water, bananas, and salty potato chips."
"We went over strategies for each section of the test, as well as specific practice questions for each section. We focused on harder questions and topics that were more tricky/difficult and also discussed general test practices that result in higher scores."
"Worked on as many math problems as we could finish up with. I feel we finished on a positive note. The student has improved his approach to math questions over the past few months."