Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed the SAT math homework from last time and the student did quite well on it. We then went over some more practice problems and she had a good grasp of the concepts. I assigned her some more SAT math to practice for next week as well as some SAT verbal and reading."
"We started by covering their ACT math homework before launching into the SAT. They scored a 28/29 on the ACT math, and we reviewed proportions today primarily, along with a few specific tricky problem types. Then, we talked over the Vocab section of the Verbal, talking over strategies for narrowing down options. Finally, we worked through a few reading passages, on which they both did fine."
"Over the last week the student and his mom gave some thought to which test they thought he might be best suited to take based on the info I gave them about both exams. They decided on SAT instead of ACT. The student and I started back at basics going over the format of the exam sections, scoring and guessing strategy, etc. We spent about an hour going through a reading section. Overall the format of the test, length of passages, etc., suited him much better. I may implement vocab quizzes going forward. We spent 30 minutes looking up SAT ranges of colleges he's interested in to determine a target score for him, tentatively shooting for around 500-550 each section but we will continue to research."
"The student is improving in accuracy for math sections. Today, we reviewed the problems she did and then completed another math section in the book. Next time we will review the essay the student has written as well as more math problems."
"We spent most of the lesson completing a practice SAT critical reading section. We went over some test taking techniques for answering critical reading questions, especially for picking between two seemingly correct answers. We identified vocabulary as an area for improvement, and decided that the student can look over vocab words and their definitions in her practice book over the week so that next week we can go over the ones she still needs to reinforce. We also went over the last couple of questions in a math practice section and one writing practice section."
"The student is amazing! She is definitely one of the highest achieving students I've ever worked with, as evidenced by a perfect 800, on her most recent critical reading practice test. (Her 770 in writing and 630 in math weren't too shabby either.) She is a delight to work with every week, because she's so eager to learn, and remains enthusiastic about math. She has great potential, and should easily break a 2000 on the SAT. From now on, our focus will shift to the ACT, because she's not pleased with her math and science scores from a prior test. In all likelihood, her issue was simply time management. I'll coach her on test strategies, and I'm sure she'll do very well on the ACT as well."
"Today, we went over the essay which the student wrote. We went over the rest of the math drill form the last session. After, the student did a timed writing drill where he only had 45 seconds per problem. In the future, we will work more on math and the essay writing."
"In our last session, the student and I began working on sentence-level reading and errors/usage in grammar. Her biggest area of opportunity in reading is her vocabulary, so I assigned more flashcards to expand her repertoire, as well as some practice sentence completions to implement her vocab. Grammar comes pretty naturally to the student, so I thought she could review some common prepositional phrases and irregular verbs to tailor her skills to the SAT as well."
"We made it through sections 3 and 7 of the student's SAT prep book. Some problems required more guidance than others, especially the geometry-based questions. When needed, explanations were generally well understood by both students, and they both seemed to be gaining confidence as we progressed through the problems. Both students have been encouraged to review what we did today, and try to complete the remaining math section of that practice test. We will attack any challenging problems when we meet next week."
"Today, the student and I spent about half of our time reviewing math, and the other half on English and essay development. She is doing much better on the math section questions, which is encouraging. She has already done a lot of practice with the reading and English sections as well, and says that she feels comfortable with them. I told her she needs to remember to check subjects and verbs for agreement, and I also think that her studying and thinking style might be best suited for the ACT, so I suggested that she look at some of those materials."
"The two students and I met for a session of SAT tutoring. Both students did great on the math portion, and were pretty strong on reading. In the future, we will be focusing on the grammar section."
"Today we finished the chapter on solving logarithmic equations and moved onto the finance section. We did some problems on interest and algebraically solving for one variable in terms of another. Lastly, we started the trigonometry chapter and worked with the 6 trig functions and some right triangle problems. I did not assign homework, but recommended she start looking over and memorizing the unit circle values."