Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we started working on the grammar/ writing questions for the SAT. We did around 25 practice questions, going over the correct answers and discussing strategies for how to approach different types of questions in these sections of the SAT. We mainly focused on correcting sentences and reviewed some grammar rules, although I will try to incorporate vocabulary practice into all of our lessons since English is her second language and that can make the SAT much more difficult."
"During our final session, the student and I focused on English and math. She felt confident on reading and science because they both rely heavily on reading comprehension and she was scoring consistently on both. Math and English were a little more inconsistent so we did practice tests for each. She always has extra time and has begun utilizing it to check all of her answers. She ended with scoring a 35 on her math section."
"The student and I went over the homework I had assigned dealing with abstract and concrete language. Then we continued discussing what makes a strong assessment test essay, including discussing types of examples to use as evidence and how to structure the paper. I then had her do a practice essay so that she could see exactly how the prompts are written, and so she could get a sense of the time management necessary to do the essay. Then we started reviewing the types of multiple choice questions that she will encounter on the writing section, and we did some practice problems on correcting sentences. Next session we will go over her timed essay, and we will review the identifying sentence errors section."
"The student has been working diligently to prepare for the ACT. She seems much more comfortable with the questions, and is able to show her skills more effectively. She had questions on the Conflicting Viewpoints section of Science. We went over a few of those together, and I asked her to keep drilling those before her test."
"In this session, we focused on the English section and the essay. I went over some strategies and ways to go about the English section, including how to work the section if time is running out, guessing strategies etc. He did an entire section, which we then graded and discussed. We then focused on the process of setting up an essay. We worked on organizing/outlining the essay in the first 5 minutes, and then moved on to writing the body. He started to understand how a good essay should be constructed and what he needs to emphasize. We have one more session before the big test!"
"Last week I had the student take a practice math section of the SAT. To begin this session, we reviewed any problems she had trouble with. Then, I gave her a short quiz to test her knowledge of the Latin and Greek root words I have been assigning her to help with her vocabulary. When that was done, we went over an essay response from an actual student. I had the student grade it based on the SAT rubric and then we compared her criticism and feedback to what the SAT graders said. I then had her write her own response to the prompt. Lastly, we went over two passage based reading sections. For the first, I underlined the source material for each question and we went through the questions together, eliminating answer choices, identifying the wrong answer type, and then picking the answer choice that restated the source material. I left her with 10 questions to do on her own."
"Today, we started with math. We reviewed as many concepts as possible and talked strategies for approaching the answer choices directly when the question is hard. Finally, we reviewed some grammar."
"We continued getting through the rest of the Geometry section, focusing on general concepts that she can do quickly. She completed a timed Math section, where she got 6 correct, and answered 4 incorrectly. This is likely due to lack of review (which we will focus on in the next sessions) and not reading thoroughly. She is to complete more sections in the SAT Math book before our next session."
"The student and I worked through a few math problems, three English passages, and four Reading passages. She is putting in good work and I think that she is starting to see the benefits of her efforts. Although she struggled most with the Reading section, she was nonetheless on pace to score around a 30 on both the English and Reading sections of the practice test. She is very patient and continues to work hard to achieve her goals. With time and continued practice, I know she will do so."
"Did a few practice SAT test sections, covered the 2 types of math sections, written/multi choice, and the 3 levels of difficulty of questions. Next session will focus on handling difficult questions and importance of easy and medium questions."