Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, we spent most of the session reviewing math. We tried taking the test backwards since the student says he feels more comfortable with some of the more advanced math. He does well with pre-calc and most algebra problems."
"The student had taken another practice test this past week, and he did a great job! His score went up significantly since his last one, and he is now in the score range that he would like to be in. We went over the questions he missed on the practice test, and then we did some additional math practice. He is consistently scoring higher on all of the practice, and I'm so pleased with how far he has come! He's also very pleased with his progress, and I think he'll do so well on his real test!"
"We went over a molecular cloning project and other lab skills. We also discussed the lab skills questions that he had trouble with last time. I think he will be fine for his SAT II. Tonight is our last session and we will finish off with a practice exam."
"We started our session with a quick review of the SAT Writing section, followed by an assessment of the student's Critical Reading skills. She performed quite well on the Writing section. Her passage work was relatively strong. She excels in analyzing the passage as a whole and identifying the main point. Our next session will also focus on the SAT essay. I will be providing her with an essay prompt to hopefully complete as a baseline for our review."
"The student did not have homework, so we focused on subject test prep. We did a review lesson on probability followed by matrix review problems. We then worked through a set of practice problems. He had some challenges with the geometry questions specifically, so we reviewed circle formulas and special right triangles."
"We covered magnetism and electromagnetic induction. Specifically, we covered how moving charges can both create and be affected by magnetic fields, the force on a moving charge in a magnetic field, the right hand rule to determine the direction of the magnetic force, the force on a current-carrying wire in a magnetic field, the magnetic field created by a current-carrying wire, the right-hand rule for determining the direction of the magnetic field around a current carrying wire, the definition of magnetic flux, how a changing magnetic flux through a loop of wire will induce a current in that wire, and how to use Lenz's Law to determine the direction of the induced current in the wire."
"Today the student and I continued to go over Math II material, doing practice problems on different potential questions. Now that we have gone over all the material suggested by her prep book, it would be best for her to simply do as many practice problems as she can and familiarize herself with all the different types of questions that could be asked."
"Today, the student and I walked through a passage together from beginning to end. The purpose of this is to walk her through the questions strategically (line items, paragraph-specific questions, "right there" questions, main idea questions) and when to make the decision to move on. Right now, her weakness is in timing. So, we spoke about some ways to go through the process more efficiently. I left her some ACT questions to analyze as well as a few passages to use for practice before our next session. I also left her accountable for keeping track of her progress with the tracker sheet I left her."
"We went over the student's homework and did a writing test. His critical reading has improved dramatically, but I'm still concerned about his grammar. While he's no longer making a lot of the mistakes he was making, he's still making avoidable mistakes. We talked about what he should do over this week to improve his grammar."
"We focused specifically on difficult math problems this session, as this is where the student could see the most improvement (she is strong on vocabulary and reading comprehension as well as with grammar). She was able to do many of them on her own. We also went over the specifics of the essay (organization, structure, abstract vs. concrete, example essays)."
"We covered SAT writing in this sections. In addition, we reviewed answers to practice tests and went over specific geometry problems and techniques for his SAT test this Saturday. Finally, we talked about some general test taking strategies."
"We went over a reading section that the student had done as homework. She then practiced problems from all three sections of the test, with particular emphasis on math. We also did a timed writing section and discussed mental preparation for the upcoming test day."