Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student recently took the PSAT and is preparing for the March SAT. We reviewed his PSAT result, comparing it to the previous year's and going over some of the problems he missed. Then we refreshed concepts and strategies in math and critical reading (passage-response and vocabulary)."
"The student and I worked on preparing for her upcoming exam by first going over her notes on the nervous system, sensory systems, and cell communication and then working through a journal article that her teacher gave the class as preparation for the exam. We then went through the SAT 2 test prep book and I quizzed her on the first two chapters. I wanted to jog her memory, ensure that she isn't forgetting too many of the little details, and is able to synthesize the material and put it into context. We finished by looking at her SAT 2 Math schedule and we decided that she should take a practice exam and then judge how to proceed from there. I encouraged her to speak to her college counselor about which tests she needs to take as it might be better to take some of these in the fall after studying over the summer. I then assigned her homework."
"We talked about the ACT Reading section, the types of passages and types of questions that would be on it. The student was eager to learn both strategy and content. I left him with an assignment in the ACT guide and some practice tests from the website."
"The student and I worked out of the book she has for her SAT prep. We were able to review some of the Math sections of the practice test and go through problems she answered incorrectly or omitted."
"The SAT is coming up. We're working on reading comp, grammar, vocab and fill-ins every day. We will concentrate on the essay next week."
"The student and I reviewed the writing and math sections that she completed out of the book. We then turned to a review of basic geometry concepts. Next session, we will begin to review the ways in which geometry is commonly tested and some of the strategies that can be employed to save time."
"We went over critical reading and discussed the benefits and downsides of taking the English Language course and exam--he already has 5 other classes planned. The student tried out a variety of techniques to make his critical reading more efficient. The general conclusion is that there are no real shortcuts. Next week he will do another practice exam. He is doing well, but he will need to devote more time and attention to improving his skills and speed to achieve his goals."
"Another great session with the student! In today's session, she and I continued our efforts to familiarize the student with the types of math problems that appear on the SAT. Specifically, we focused on finding the "extremes" in a problem, or the points at which or between which an answer can be found. She improved noticeably, and gains more and more confidence in her ability to tackle SAT math with each session. For next session, the student is going to complete the math sections of test we started, Test #6, in the time that the test requires. Then, she's going to review the questions/answers slowly to see how she could have done the problems more efficiently. As she does this, she's going to focus on reading carefully so that she doesn't miss the details that will lead to an answer."
" We covered arithmetic using Learning tools. She did very well with simplification of radicals and simplifying groups of numbers. I gave her the remainder of the practice test to do for homework."
"The student requested that we work exclusively on the writing portion of the SAT for our last session. We did so by doing time trials on the larger (three different writing questions sections) of the two writing portions per exam. On the first, he scored a 33/35, and on the second, he a 31/35. Really, he needs to learn to relax during the exam and trust his intuitions as he is a very bright young man who knows a tremendous amount."
"Went over Critical Reading-- looking in the context of paragraphs, and having strong reasoning on the vocabulary section. Also, reviewed how to approach the essay-- put all of your time and effort into having strong body paragraphs-- your intro and conclusion should literally just be your thesis statement."
"The student and I went over his practice test. I taught him how to do simple interest and how to do algebra problems with fractions. He is to keep practicing and reading everyday."