Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Went through an essay the student wrote, as well as a couple of sections she had done. Worked through challenging problem sets on the test prep website."
"I had the student write a little bit about herself for me, and I had her correcting grammatical errors in paragraphs I wrote for her. She says her weakest subjects are reading and English, so we started there. She struggled a bit to identify a thesis in a passage, so we will certainly need to work on her reading skills. Her assignment is to read a book of her choice this week before I see her again so we can discuss it. I will read the books as well so I can help her identify character development and fictional devices. Hopefully, we will get a jump start on the reading issue, which can be so fickle on the test, and build her confidence."
"Introduced SAT format and goals. Started vocabulary study plan and practiced vocabulary section. Learned problem solving techniques."
"The student made a lot of headway today. We covered many questions from his SSAT book on Quantitative reasoning. He selected the ones that were most troubling to him, specifically sequences (spherical objects stacked into a 3-sided pyramid), finding volume of a case containing identical cubes with one side length given, finding area of a composite figure, and finding area of a parallelogram based on its plotted points on a coordinate plane. We also did some drilling on long division, converting fractions to a decimal, as well as reviewing mode, median and mean. I reminded him to drill these types of problems as much as possible before the test, and he is already seeming to become more and more comfortable with them in our sessions. He has been a pleasure to teach and I wish him the best success on his upcoming test!"
"We mainly reviewed weaker areas, including assessment test Reading & Vocabulary sections. We used Learn by Concept to focus on specific areas of the reading comprehension and vocabulary. Based on success of the student, I recommended attacking the Reading section in this order: 1) Vocabulary, 2) Short passages, 3) Longer passages: a) underlined words; b) literally in paragraph; c) Conclusion question; and d) inferential questions. We also reviewed strategy with other sections, and what to do the night before the test and the day of the test."
"The student has shown lots of improvement in writing and critical reading. We are continuing to do vocabulary and strengthen reading skills. I overall think he has made lots of improvements in CR + Writing and I'm confident he will do well on the test."
"I explained how to turn decimals into fractions and vice versa. This was a concept she had not learned before and had no idea how to do. However, once I explained how to solve these problems, she did a very nice job. We then moved on to reading comprehension where we focused on tone and identifying the meaning of words/phrases in context. We added many words to her vocabulary list, which she will study before the exam, that we mostly got from analogy questions."
"In our first session I picked 60 problems from online SAT Math resources, which are most relevant to the algebra background, and on the harder side of SAT Math level. The student did a really great job as we went through most of them together. Overall she had an extremely good understanding of material and fast learning capacity as I explained techniques new to her."
"Extra practice: Please complete one math and one writing section from the book you have so that we can go over them next week. The concepts that we covered were Venn diagrams (and notation), functions (and notation), statistics, graphing parabolas, and dissecting word problems. The student seemed willing to tackle all of the problems we went over, and we were focused on the really challenging ones. He did a great job of developing his own methods to solve tricky problems. Please write down any questions that he comes up with before our next session."
"I looked over the student's application essay and made some edits. We reviewed all sections of the SSAT. With verbal, we decided that it would be best for him to start going over some vocab lists. With reading, I emphasized the importance of making sure he finds support straight from the text whenever answering questions."
"Today the student and I reviewed the basic algebra concepts that he'll need to succeed on the algebra-based test questions. We completed almost all of the algebra questions, and will complete the geometry-based ones next time. I assigned him the rest of the algebra questions and an entire English practice test to do before our next session."
"Today we looked at angles, volume and surface area of various shapes. The student struggled a bit when we first got started but was able to find his rhythm and answer the questions correctly. We also did some work on geometric and non-geometric comparisons to end the session. He was able to do these problems very well."