Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During this first session, we reviewed her old practice test results to see where she needed the most help. It appeared that she needed the most help with geometry, short passage reading, and error IDs. We started out doing some sentence completions so I could gauge her vocab level and observe her test-taking strategies in action. She is an extremely fast test-taker, so time won't be an issue, but that also left more room for error. I think that focusing on slowing down will help her recuperate a few points. Additionally, I noticed that when she got stuck on tougher problems, she has a tendency to freeze up. It would be great to see her improve on working her way through tougher problems in the coming sessions. In general though, she is bright and has a great foundation for the reading section. Our future sessions will be more about finding test-taking strategies. Next time we will focus on the math section. I think she is capable of getting a high score on the SAT."
"Today we did some reading, writing, and math. I want her to be doing more practice on her own so we can focus primarily on the stuff she doesn't get when we work together in person."
"During this session, we began by going over the homework I had left him. We quickly went through the examples he provided for the writing prompt I assigned, which were good. Then I had him write a thesis using the examples he had chosen. For the remainder of the session, we focused mostly on the math and critical reading sections. He definitely found the geometry and algebra reviews helpful, but we spent more time on special triangles (45-45-90, 30-60-90) as well as on how to identify helpful angles within figures (corresponding, alternate interior, supplementary, etc.). We did another mini diagnostic test, which included a variety of topics including the aforementioned as well as absolute value, slope-intercept form, and multi-step word problems involving areas of irregular shapes. We then moved onto critical reading, focusing on sentence completion. We did a mini diagnostic, and I had him talk me through his thinking for each of the questions. For the most part, his thinking was quite good, but we will definitely work on using the other parts of the sentences to determine the relationship between or connotations of the missing words. As far as increasing his vocabulary, we are keeping a running list of words he misses with their basic definitions. This way, we will be able to identify words that arise more than once and develop some familiarity with them. I left him some homework, including a math multiple choice section and a sentence completion reading section."