Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student covered some sections on her own, and we went over problems she had. We worked through a section and a half of writing together so that we can take care of these issues. I want her to continue strengthening her confidence in her answers because she really has the intuition about the right answers. I've assigned a full-length assessment test before next time so that we can review any wrong answers she gets."
"She read the other test prep chapters as I assigned her and told me she liked the math tips. We finished a practice writing multiple choice together and she understands most the concepts, struggling most with plural/singular pronoun agreement. I then had her do a times practice test and we graded it. I assigned her one essay by next session."
"The student and I reviewed several math practice sessions today. We specifically covered plugging in numbers, geometry, and fundamentals. The student is showing good progress and is becoming quicker at finding the correct approach for a problem. The student will complete several practice sections before our next meeting."
"We covered how to extrapolate the ninth term of a sequence if you know the rules of the sequence, how to determine the total output of two machines if the machines have different output rates, how to determine a distance when travel times and speeds change over time, how to list all the possible combinations of multiple items, and how Process of Elimination (POE) is especially helpful with logic problems. We also covered sentence completion problems; specifically the use of POE to eliminate answer choices you know the meaning of and you know to be incorrect, the awareness of sentence shifters and how they reverse the meaning of the missing word(s), and how determining the connotation (positive or negative) of the missing word can help you use POE more effectively. I asked the student to review the two 20 minute practice quizzes she took on Numbers and Operations before we go over it together on Friday and to do 4 sections of Sentence Completion problems for next time."
"The student and I went through a practice test together, so I can better understand what sections and types of problems he is having the most difficulty with. Critical Reading will be our main focus, though bumping Math up to around 650 is also key to a higher overall score. No extra homework was given, as we won't be meeting for another 2 weeks and the student will be on vacation."
"Assessment Writing Section. Did a timed practice diagnostic test and reviewed the answers. Did practice exercises on faulty idioms, wordiness, subject-verb agreement, and adj-adv agreement. Started another practice test. The student is to finish the rest of section 2 and keep track of how long it takes, and to complete section 3 under timed conditions. Recurring problem seems to be recognizing subject- verb agreement errors, which will clear up most mistakes."
"Today, we finished the diagnostic test with the Writing Multiple Choice. I left Section 1, the writing section, to be done as homework. The student scored 1640 to 1810 for his first diagnostic test, which I was happy with. He, however, struggled with math, especially with geometry, so we will have to do a lot more work in that subject. We also discussed his reading sections. Other than a few questions, the student did well, so I'm not worried about his ability there. We will have to work on time management though. Finally, at the end of session, we went over the writing prompt and planned out what to write. I assigned him this essay as well as reviewing his incorrect or not answered questions for homework."
"The student and I worked finished a 35-question grammar section and the last half of an 18 question math section. He had challenges with the grammar questions that ask you to choose the incorrect answer--he had trouble seeing obvious subject-verb agreement errors. I told him to read and reread each sentence word for word and eliminate the choices that are grammatically correct as he goes along."
"We discussed basic test strategies including process of elimination, Joe Bloggs, pacing and targets. Then we went on to discuss math content, mostly arithmetic concepts this time. For the last 30 mins we discussed essay strategy and content."
"The student and I met for a final session to complete our review of SAT math. He had a few questions about other parts of the exam, so we talked about strategies for the essay and the long reading passages. Then we decided to focus on the math concepts that he still felt uncertain of; we did an in-depth final review of ratio, proportion, percent and percent change. I picked out all of the problems within a full-length exam that related to these concepts, and then he tried several of them out to test out weaknesses in his understanding. I also gave him some advice about how to identify problem areas as he continues to prepare in advance of his exam."
"The student is doing very well with the critical reading and most of the writing questions. He is challenged with identifying sentence errors in the writing section, so we will go through the review approach for that question type in his book next time."
"We continued to work on math work, focusing on speed today. She's improved with substitution, although certain harder types of math problems come more naturally to her. We reviewed how to brainstorm for the essay, and we did timed writing and math sections. She is still running about 10-20 seconds over time, but she's moving much faster than she used to. Overall, her reading comprehension has improved the most. Working on vocab and math review will help her the most as she prepares for the SAT."