Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"For this session, we worked to catch up on material before the student's test date the following Saturday. We continued to work through practice test she had completed and look for ways to save time and not miss the same types of questions."
"Today we tried to simulate a real placement test as much as possible, doing 6 practice sections. He did very well with the Critical Reading section, but made some elementary mistakes in the Math sections that we will review. We will be meeting again soon, so between now and the next practice, I assigned the rest of this particular practice test and another practice essay."
"We worked on reading (simplifying the passage and connecting the questions to the passage) and sentence completions. Then we did some numerical reasoning practice and a timed math test. I asked the student to complete a math, reading, and writing practice section."
"Since this was our first session, we went over the basics of the test with a quick overview of each section. Within each section, we focused on what I find to be the most important strategy for success. With those strategies in mind, the student will complete an entire practice test for us to review at the next session."
"We reviewed the student's homework. She did exceptionally well on the critical reading section, answering 22 of the 24 questions correctly. The writing score was also fairly strong at 30/35. I discussed the concepts behind each of the questions she got wrong and referred her to pages 101-102 for a summary of all grammar rules. At the end, I selected certain vocabulary words from a lengthy worksheet for her to study."
"Since we spent the majority of the last session focused on vocabulary, this time we switched gears and focused on reading and answering questions about passages. We looked at a few different kinds of passages and outlined key strategies for answering questions about them: the main objective is always to find the overarching theme, and a key strategy is to avoid choosing any answer that rests on assumptions rather than facts that can be located within the text. We also discussed the importance of reading questions and formulating answers before looking at the possible answer. For our next session, we will implement a mix of critical reading passages and vocabulary questions to reinforce the skills Henry has been developing over the last month."
"Today we focused on the writing section. We drilled improving sentences, identifying sentence errors, and improving paragraphs, spending a significant portion of our time on improving paragraphs. We also discussed pronoun use, reviewing pronoun number agreement errors, and ambiguous/vague pronoun errors. No concerns to report. I left the student with two extra practice tests to complete while he is on vacation over the next two weeks."
"The student finished the math chapters today with me. For homework, she should complete the club problems in the very end as a final exam. If she performs well on it, we will be able to move onto other topics. Today, we also reviewed her second essay, and she should rewrite it by including my edits and recommendations."
"We started today's session by finishing the student's summer homework packet. We then moved on to discussing the admissions test, specifically, its differences from the test and how the techniques for tackling the questions change. He'll have a complete diagnostic exam done for our next session."
"The student and I continued to review the intermediate/advanced algebraic and arithmetic concepts that are commonly found on the SAT. We took an in-depth look at strategies for approaching systems of simultaneous equations, averages, and percent change. After practicing concentrated problem sets, he applied these concepts to a mixed review to practice how to distinguish which approach is most helpful in a given problem."
"Today we focused on problems from a previous SAT test that the student found challenging. We also went over previous material that she found challenging in practice books, refining strategy and discussing solutions for both math and verbal questions."
"Today we reviewed any incorrect answers on sections 2, 6, and 8 of the practice SAT exam. The student wanted most help with reading the questions. Practice sections 2 and 3 (not timed) and section 4 (timed) of the posted practice exam were assigned for homework. No concerns, as the student understands the material."