Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over some questions from his practice test book. For the first time, we delved into the grammar and writing portion of the test and I had him answer questions about sentence structure. We then practiced vocabulary and reading comprehension questions. I also quizzed him over the Latin roots I had given him to study over the break. He had definitely practiced the Latin roots. He had made flash cards and only needed assistance coming up with answers for a fourth of them. He sometimes does not understand the vocabulary, and he will automatically cross out words if he doesn't know them. I am teaching him to look at the words more closely and not rule an answer out unless he is absolutely sure it's wrong. I am also helping him become more confident and make answers more quickly."
"This was my first session back with the student after a two week break for the holidays. Over the break, he took another full practice SAT. From my estimation (based on my grading of his essay), his first practice test was a 1690 and this test was an 1890. This is a significant improvement and I believe that his final score in January can be in the 2000's. He had the same score in critical reading but noted that the questions seemed much harder this time around, and his scores in verbal and math both went up around 100 points. His essay was also significantly stronger than his first essay. We are continuing to review a practice essay in every session. We set about reviewing the problems he got wrong from the test, beginning with the verbal section, and we will continue into the other two sections in our few remaining sessions. I believe that right now he will benefit the most from review of this practice test and another practice test that he will take next week. His conceptual understanding is solid, and he simply needs further repetitions with the problems to get the final bump up in his score."
"We worked on function problems, geometry problems, exponent problems, strategies for completing fill-in-the-blank word problems, and identifying sentence errors. The student made very few mistakes on the English problems."