Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Excellent First Session. Discussion of her Education/Background. Overview of SAT- - All Sections - All Categories - Guessing Penalty - Order of Difficulty - Guessing Strategies - Basic Strategies"
"We reviewed a math section that the student had previously completed, going over specific problems that he had questions on. He felt comfortable applying plugging-in strategy in problems that seem more difficult to solve on their own. We continued to review math concepts further and practiced another section. With additional practice, he will feel even more comfortable in tackling the problems and identifying the characteristics more quickly. We then ventured into the writing section, going through each and every grammatical rule. He handled these easily, likely in part to his study of German and its strict grammatical structure. We focused on the more complex rules (e.g. faulty comparisons) and practiced several problems in each. I recommended that he do a writing and math section from the SAT guide, and I will send him additional related practice for math."
"We spent about half the session correcting a critical reading section. The student did a good job answering the questions that required understanding of the passage. The second half of the session was devoted to math. She did well with plugging in numbers, a tip I introduced her to. In general, she knows what to do. I'm hoping that with more practice, she will have the necessary knowledge and confidence to do even better with her math. Since she is taking the SAT on May 3rd, I told her she'll be doing one complete practice test every week from here out. I asked her to do one timed for next week. With the essay, I reminded her to be sure to solidly support her points with details. For the math section, I encouraged her to plug in numbers when appropriate. Lastly, after she finishes the critical reading sections, I told her to look up the words she didn't understand. For the whole session, she was focused and diligent, and I felt we made a lot of good progress today."
"We went over each section of the SAT briefly. For the writing section, we focused on sentence error questions. The student did really well here; next time we will do more challenging questions of this category as well as work on sentence improvement questions. For math, we worked on various concepts to see where her strong points are and where she can improve. We want to focus on geometry and exponential equations. We will continue working on different concepts going forward as well. For the critical reading sections, we did a few stand alone sentence completion questions as well as a short passage-based questions. We want to work on building up the vocab skills, but overall, she did really well! She has great reasoning skills and is a quick learner. I am going to send her some links to help in her studying, including a math formula sheet, and an essay prompt that I would love for her to work on over the week. Great job today!"
"Today we went over SAT grammar and covered the most common types of grammar errors and how to correct them. Then we worked on Reading Comprehension. Finally we began to discuss the student's AP biology classwork, which current centers around gene regulation ("operons")."
"The student took the third and fourth practice tests, and he was particularly concerned that he missed lots of writing questions, so we reviewed all the writing sections on those tests and looked at the writing sections on the fifth test too. Through this process, I think his grasp of the mistakes made in the writing portion of the SAT is improving. For this coming week, he will try to take the sixth practice test."
"The student and I covered all four areas of the test today -- he did very well and was able to perform strongly in all areas (only missing 2 on reading, and solving some very advanced math problems). I think there is still some gain to be realized in English, and we will focus here in the future."
"Focusing on comprehensive practice between math, reading, and writing.. We are focusing on some final test-taking strategies to employ on test day. Some include: have a set list of books available for essay, "preposition identification" for writing, word problem analysis for math, and vocabulary for critical reading."
"Today we took a break from English and math to look at the reading section. Overall the student did very well and answered most questions correctly. He noted that some of the passages were much more interesting to read, so I reminded him that on test day he can read the passages in any order. We also completed almost an entire science section, which he also performed very well on. Since he is more comfortable with these two sections, we will continue to focus on the math and English sections."
"I had left some reading assignments and sentence completion exercises for homework last Tuesday. The student did all of the assigned work, and through a combination of confidence, concentration, and techniques, she improved in both categories. We then did quite a few passages/exercises together. I also told her about a good online resource for her to improve her vocabulary. The session went very well, and I left her with some more assignments to be completed before our next session. She is a good student, and I have all the confidence in the world that her score will improve."
"The student wants to focus on math most in preparing for the SAT. Today, we worked through the calculator section of the SAT and began the student produced responses. She does not seem to have any gaps in content, but needs to work on mathematical reasoning overall."
"The student needs more practice with cause and effect analogies. She got one question wrong for each of these concepts: context based phrases, main idea, detail, and inference."