Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"For this lesson, the student and I worked through practice sections out of test 6 of the blue book. He did very well on the vocab and I estimate a scaled score of about 650 on the reading section. On math, he also had high accuracy on the questions he worked through, giving him an estimated score of around a 670. For writing, he and I will continue to focus on error identification questions. For now, with an average essay score, he is around a 600 in writing."
"We talked about overall test strategy and appropriate score goals (averaging above 600 is the goal), and then began working through a critical reading assessment, including short passages and vocabulary. The student believes he will need more help on the CR and Writing portions of the test than on Math."
"The student and I focused on the critical reading portion of the SAT. We went through her critical reading diagnostic exam together, which provided me with a baseline assessment for her skill level. We discussed the questions she answered incorrectly and examined the best ways to arrive at the correct responses by approaching the questions from multiple angles, including that of the question writers. We also discussed test taking strategies and mentality going into the test. She will be completing diagnostic tests in writing and math in the next week."
"We started by going over the essays I had assigned for homework. They were good--he has the specific examples and the length. A few errors in spelling in grammar which he will work on fixing (he will also try to fit in the proofreading at the end). We then reviewed the vocab we have learned so far and the reading technique for the passages. Finally, we moved on to the writing multiple choice. We were able to practice improving sentences and identifying sentence errors before we ran out of time."
"We went over more math problems. Lots of coordinate geometry and equations. I now have a short general list of topics to focus on specifically with the student for the math portion of the SAT. We did some Science as well. She'll have more of the reading test done for next time."
"At this session, I worked with the student on the math section of the test. We began with the multiple choice section, which was difficult for her, and moved on to the section in which answers are written by hand; this section was not very difficult for her, and she gained a great deal of confidence by completing it. I asked her to complete the section we'd been working on for our next session. In the multiple choice section, her main challenge was setting up the calculations from a given word problem, and understanding what the problem was asking for. Once she set up the correct equation or calculation, she was generally able to solve it."
"Things are going well. The student's progress is going up and I explained to her the idea of following trends rather than data points. She is improving and thinking well. She's doing much better keeping her focus during the reading passages."
"In this session, I first picked up the student's practice test he took on Saturday and will be scoring this and his essay to review at our next session. We went through several of the sentence completion practice passages I had sent him. I emphasized the need to write down all words he is not comfortable WITH a definition, and will adopt this into his practices for this coming week. He plans to take another practice test this Saturday, which I will provide."
"The student and I went through a test she had completed and corrected. I tried to convey the method of critical thinking or logically breaking down a problem so she can take home these skills as she already knows the rules for math. We looked up some resources to help her in the writing section, which I will be sending in an email along with math homework. Our goal this week is to get the student to understand that even if the answer is not obvious, she knows the rules to finding the answer and just needs to break each part of the question down."
"The student broke new ground with his essay this week. He now understands what it takes to craft a clear, simple thesis. With math, he's still struggling with intimidation and not "seeing" the key insight for unfamiliar problems. His actual mathematical abilities are excellent; I just need to help him approach the problems more creatively!"
"We covered reading comprehension and sentence corrections today, going through a long section that had 12 questions about it. The student seemed initially daunted by the length of the section and the number of questions assigned to it, but by the end of the questions began to see how one could answer questions using the previous questions, and saw the patterns emerge. She continued to do well on sentence correction, but we'll return to them regularly to make sure they stay fresh in her mind. She just got the SAT study book, and will be picking a math practice section from that to work on this week. We will go over the section next week and explore similar questions to the ones she missed in our next session."
"The student and I went over more SAT math problems, looking at different strategies to solve them. We also discussed essay-writing strategies, including different examples to include in an SAT-type essay. We got some solid work done."