Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I started this session by reviewing grammar, the only SAT subject we had yet to cover in-depth. After reviewing some grammatical concepts with me, he got the vast majority of the review questions correct in a very short time. We then switched to math grid-in questions. He finished a group of grid-in questions with plenty of time to spare. When we went over a handful of incorrect answers, he fixed most of his mistakes and recognized how using his extra time to go over his answers would have gained him a few points. We also covered some parts of a reading section. The hardest passage-based questions are his biggest challenge, so I assigned him a few practice sections including reading comprehension to complete during the week."
"The student did very well today. She responded very well to the practice questions we did together. She took in the information we went over and used it to answer future questions. We went over rules of triangles and did lots of practice with perimeter, area, and angle measures. We then went over some question of the day and did some slope and other geometry practice. Lastly I gave her a passage to read and answer a question on. We went over the strategy of process of elimination and how to never rule out answer choices just because you are not sure of the meaning. I gave her a practice reading and practice math test to do for next session."
"The student and I went through practice questions from a previous year's released SAT practice test, covering vocabulary guessing strategy, root words, identification of author's intent/passage structure/which questions to answer first for CR, math strategy and equation review and general timing advice. We also reviewed a list of commonly tested grammar rules, their incorrect and correct usage, and worked through sentence improvement and error identification practice questions. I also explained the essay outline and had her write a few practice outlines for previous test prompts."
"During this session, the student and I reviewed the questions she got wrong on her practice test last week. I'm definitely seeing some steady improvement and look forward to grading her test from next week as well. She is doing better in Math, but we need to review some of the basic geometry concepts some more. I also gave her some pointers for scoring better on the essay portion and will review those again with her at our next session."
"Covered general outline of the writing, reading, and essay portions of the SAT. The student seemed to be struggling the most with reading - he seemed to be having minimal difficulty with the writing. As far as strategies and study skills are concerned, I told him about "word charge," that is, being able to infer a word's meaning based on whether it has a negative or positive connotation. I also discussed the "covering the answers" approach, and I also suggested that he take notes in the margins beside each paragraph for the reading section. As far as extra practice is concerned, I asked him to take a practice writing test, and we will review that next week."
"Great last session! I am confident that the student will perform past her goal of an 1800. I'll assign her some small assignments for the week, but because she has been so proactive about her test prep these past two months, I think she'll be ready."
"Today the student and I started by working through the essay-writing process together (also the first thing on the test). We made a plan and set time limits, then noticed how well those time limits were met and adjusted them for next time. We worked on vocabulary (she has made a huge improvement in her knowledge of some of the most common SAT words from studying the flashcards she made) and did a practice math section. The student has shown great improvement since beginning tutoring, and she should feel confident going into the testing center on Saturday."
"Today we went over some practice tests the student had done in the previous week (reading, writing, math sections). I then gave her a plan for her next week study (as her exam is next Saturday) and stressed the importance of her following that plan and not skipping exercises and vocab words during the last week."
"We continued to pore through math problems. The student continues to have little to no issue with easy to medium problems, but still feels anxious about the most difficult ones. As she practices on her own, she will continue to familiarize herself with the material. We changed pace to review the writing section. The student did well here, and as long as she practices on her own, she won't be stumped on Saturday. She should continue to review through vocabulary and to do as many practice sections as she can muster before Saturday. She should also write a practice essay so that we can review the finer points in our session."
"This was our first session since the student took his first SAT in February. We discussed what was most difficult about the test, including general issues like overall fatigue as well as specific topics. We then discussed a plan to go back over some material we have already covered and learn it in more detail, since we have much more time before the student's next SAT in June. We started that plan today with a lesson in grammar. We went over parts of speech, sentence and clause types, sentence diagramming, and comma rules. We plan to review this information at our next meeting. I asked the student to pay attention to what he reads over the next few weeks and try to spot subjects and verbs in sentences."
"Today was my first session of tutoring with the student, and we're preparing her for her upcoming SAT test. Since she's taking the test this Saturday, today we took a broader approach and focused on strategies for the test rather than content. I outlined each section and gave her helpful tips on how to strategize for each section. After, we applied this tips to actual SAT questions so she could see how they work. She did a great job! In the future, we will continue to work on strategically answering the questions as well as building up her knowledge of the content, as well. To do this, we'll focus on attacking her weaknesses, which are mainly in math, with some focus needed in vocabulary and grammar rules, as well. After working with the student for one session so far, I have no doubt that she will be able to improve her SAT scores by this May, and I'm excited to work with her!"
"Yesterday we did some additional math and critical reading review. The student did relatively well on most of the math section, although he needs to spend some additional time practicing graph related problems. He did even better on the critical reading section. If he can improve his vocabulary, he should be able to increase his reading score substantially."