Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Reviewed and quizzed through word roots that the student had memorized. Debriefed about the sample Essays and score explanations that he had read in the study guide. Reiterated basic strategy for writing SAT Essays. Started working through sample questions in Math explanation section. Before next session after his fall break, assigned him to review how to do combinations and permutations, work through the rest of Math explanation chapters, and find a good mathematics reference book or resource. Discussed his hope to get at least a 700 on the Math section."
"For this lesson, the student and I first went over the sections she had completed and she got basically everything right on the passages and only the hardest vocabulary sentence completions wrong. On the math, she also got only one or two wrong. When we did the two writing sections on a practice test, she got all but 2 or 3 right and understands what she got wrong for next time. On the math, we are continuing to work through problems and for next time will focus on timing. We ended with talking about approaches for the essay."
"We covered the critical reading section of the book, going over the 5 types of problems, and did all of the practice problems at the end of the section. We also covered all of the critical reading from section 2 of the diagnostic test in the other book. She is left with vocabulary and to come up with any questions she has for me in our final session."
"The student had another great session today. He is consistently getting almost every question correct. I had him do several timed passages and then went over the answers with him. He had minor issues with a few vocab questions, but was able to work through them with me. Looking forward to seeing him again on Thursday."
"We worked on the math and reading sections, working through timed sections to get a better sense of the rhythm of the test. We also addressed problems that were answered incorrectly in previously assigned homework, and worked on strategizing solutions in cases where the method for answering a problem is not immediately obvious."
"Today we practiced the strategies we learned last time on the reading section, and then took a diagnostic so we can start on the math section. The student seems to be doing better on the passage-based questions. Still some struggle in the sentence completion questions. No extra practice, no concerns"
"We began by covering some concepts in math. We did a practice session and went over answers. Then we covered moved on to more practice questions in reading, including vocabulary and passage questions. She will do a practice reading section on her own and some practice math."
"First, the student and I worked on the writing section of the test and reviewed verb errors, parallelism, and pronoun errors. We also talked about faulty idioms and faulty comparisons. We went over the long writing section of the practice test that he had done - his writing score improved 40 points. Then, we switched over to math and talked about symbol problems and percent increase and decrease. The student said he had the most problems with the timing for math so I will assign him timed practice sections to do this week before his exam. We talked about geometry and algebra problems on that exam and went over systems of equations."
"In this session, the student and I discussed the multiple choice writing and critical reading sections. She is doing well on both sections. I feel that we need to work a little more on her handling of the long passages on the critical reading sections, but I fully believe that she will be able to make progress in this area. She was left with an essay to write for homework, as well as multiple choice math and writing sections to complete."
"The student always seems to grasp the material rather quickly. We picked up from where we had left off last time with special math topics. We covered material like the fundamental counting principle, rates, and special term and symbol problems. The key to this section is to be as logical and precise as you can be. I think he has a good mind for this and I tried to demonstrate good ways to tackle these types of problems. The student always seems motivated to work on his own and I expect he'll have worked through some math in the interim and hopefully have some questions for me."
"We covered essay structure and worked on an essay together. We also went over a few questions from last session, multiple choice questions, and some substantive material. I gave him a cheat sheet on essay structure to review."
"This session the student and I worked on both Math and Physics materials. I gave him a 20 question assessment. Afterwards, I used this to assign him chapters to read from a study booklet I gave him. He is to skim chapter 1 to review vectors and read chapter 2 to get a better grasp on mechanics. He is also to take a diagnostic test by our next session. After Physics, we worked on Math. I had him take a diagnostic and then graded it for him. He scored a 680, which is close to our goal. He definitely has been working hard and improving. I've noticed him retaining a lot of material we have previously covered. During this session we focused on geometry and 3d volumes. I've sent him a Math and Physics diagnostic to work on."