Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"-- The student did very well on two CR sections for homework in Test 9; he got only two vocab and one CR wrong. -- He had some trouble on the writing section for Test 9, so we reviewed relevant concepts."
"We went over diagnostic tests administered to the students to determine their weaknesses and strengths, as well as to figure out how to study better for problems they couldn't solve. At the end of the session, I gave tips about how to do more practice at home."
"This week we focused on reading comprehension on the exam. The student reads quickly. We talked about writing summary statements to encourage comprehension on the reading section. In her practice test that she took before our meeting, she needed the most work in this section. We also went over the scoring of the essay. She will take another practice test before we meet again next week."
"The girls had completed a couple of sections on their own, so we reviewed them together. They still need to develop their vocabulary, but were excited to recognize and know the definitions of some of the words from the list that I have given and quizzed them on. We went over math. I left them with instructions to read through the chapters at the start of the book."
"The student and I worked through nearly an entire SAT practice test during our session. We went through writing, critical reading, and math practice problems together. He is a fast reader and fast thinker. His math skills are strong and so he needs to focus on writing and critical reading. He does a lot of practice on his own, so I am not worried about him doing too little. Now that his APs and finals are over, he should be spending every day practicing and memorizing vocabulary."
"We covered the physiology and anatomy of the heart. We also covered cellular respiration. He is an absolutely amazing student. It is a joy to tutor him. I have no concerns at all. He will do perfectly fine on his SAT II."
"The student attempted a practice math section last night, so we spent the first part of this session discussing it and working through the problems that she had omitted or answered incorrectly. She is a quick thinker and when she knows how to approach a problem, she works through it logically from beginning to end. She struggles the most with long word problems, which will become easier with practice. The most predominant last-minute piece of advice I have for her is to make sure she works in like units. When she takes those extra few seconds to convert figures into like terms, she has no problem solving the questions correctly. We spent the last few minutes talking about approaches to the other sections of the SAT."
"The session began with the usual test corrections. I was happy to see how much progress she is making with math, and I think she especially is benefiting from the second-go system before sessions. She takes the time to review her own mistakes while I address individual questions, and I feel as if there is much better balance in terms of addressing individual needs. After that, we continued our sequence lesson by going through a variety of practice problems. I made sure to alternate between questions best solved using recursive formulas and those best solved using an explicit formula. Geometric sequences were more troublesome, but she got it. We then went through a variety of function practice problems. She did better with the functions. I assigned a CR section, Math section, and an essay."
"Today, we went over some practice problems found from the state standardized release tests. The student did well in math, but struggled with long division and lengthy word problems. I am emailing her mom with a document of practice problems that she needs to work through before our next session. The student remains very attentive and respectful. I have no concerns from this session."
"I gave the student more questions outside of the SAT book that were challenging, and he did much better on them. He showed that he needed review on exponents and averages, but overall he did well save a couple of mistakes. He still sometimes makes errors due to not reading things carefully, but he is improving. We did another math section from the SAT book and he again only missed one. After that, we went over the writing section for the first time. He seems to do a good job on improving sentences. I taught him to be watchful for number agreement, pronoun agreement, and subject-verb agreement."
"Our session today started with work-shopping a practice essay the student prepared. We talked about the importance of outlining, good structure, and fact-driven examples. We also went through some weak areas and practiced improving sentences for variety and clarity. To reinforce these concepts, we did some paragraph improvement practice problems. For the rest of our session we switched gears to talk about the math section. We talked through questions he had from the homework, and then did some practice problems together. The techniques we talked about were active writing, and starting with taking an inventory of what information a problem gives and what information is needed to solve it."
"We covered the released math state assessment test questions. We discussed strategies for solving particular questions as well as overall testing strategies. She was left to practice a couple of pages per night from a testing prep book that her mother purchased for her. We are also working on motivation and focus during a testing environment."