Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over general SAT topics, with a focus on geometry. We first went over the various sections of the SAT, going over our broad strategy for covering the material and studying for each type of problem. We went over grading criteria for written essays, ways of approaching reading comprehension problems, and methods of time management. The student seemed to struggle a bit on the geometry problems, but once we went over practice problems a bit more, she seemed to get the material very well."
"We went over primarily math and grammar. Mostly we focused on harder questions, working backwards through sections and trying to get through each question efficiently but effectively. She was strong on most questions (save the last few, for which I showed her strategies) and didn't turn as much to her calculator. For grammar, she was noticeably quicker and better at spotting errors, so I pressed her to explain why they were wrong more and more. Also, on a practice test she took, I noticed annotations for vocabulary she didn't know, which is a great sign she is comprehending the test."
"Worked on diagnostic SAT from the student's book: math, sentence completion, and passage reading. The other student is doing fine on the math, so we will focus on critical reading and sentence completion. She also needs to practice strategies that make the difficult math questions easier to solve."
"We continued going over the student's critical reading and writing. He's definitely improving on critical reading, and we continued to go over his mistakes."
"The student completed sections 2,3 and 5 (critical reading, math, critical reading). After we went over the sections, we went over chapter 13 of the review book, which covered SAT arithmetic. I will start focusing on math sections as his other tutor seems to focus mostly on grammar/writing. Our next scheduled session is Sunday 7:00pm - 9:00pm."
"Today we started by reviewing the practice questions the student completed for homework. She is doing well on most of the sections and is clearly making good use of the strategies we talked about in our first session. We spent some extra time today focusing on geometry because that is an area where she struggles to recognize some patterns and tricks and is not always sure where to start. She seems to understand that this is an area where increased comfort and recognition is key, because once she conceptualizes the problems she has the skills to answer them. For next time she will be working on more problems from the SAT test prep book. We also talked about incorporating another SAT book into her study plan because she has a lot of time before the test."
"We went over sections 2, 3, 4, 5, and 10, and also reviewed the student's essay. Her writing score range was 650 - 780, which is significantly higher than it was when she started. She's going to finish sections 7, 8, and 9 in Test 8 for homework."
"Today was our first day reviewing SAT II math. The student took her English AP exam last week - which we had studied for prior - and stated that it went very well! For math, she has an SAT II test prep math book. She noted that she had trouble with the trigonometric functions, matrices, and statistics sections. We went over the trig functions using the book to review and then she did some practice problems, which she did well on. We went over the matrices as well. She felt that the session would be more helpful for her if she completed the diagnostic test first. She will complete the test for our next session on Wed at 7pm. I will teach her regression calculations, trig functions and inverses, z score, and standard deviations at that time."
"The student showed considerable improvement in mathematics skills. Today's session was devoted to algebra and geometry, as well as reading. We introduced the concept of reordering reading passages to suit her needs, and I assigned two passages for our next session."
"I decided to allot this session to focusing on writing, the following session to critical reading, and the session after that to math. We also discussed a summer study plan. We began with going through test corrections. We focused on proper essay outlines and approaching topics. We spent time reviewing parallelism and finer grammatical points before that."
"The student and I began by reviewing his homework. He did quite well on both the Critical Reading and the Math. We focused on Math for 90 minutes. Although he continues to find the Math section challenging, I had him complete a number of exercises using substitution and back-solving and he demonstrated improvement in his application of both. I then provided an overview of the types of questions that appear on the Writing section before he completed a sentence improvement exercise. Although he had some difficulty understanding the grammar/usage concepts that we covered, he effectively used process of elimination to answer 8 of the 11 questions correctly. For homework, he will complete both a Math and a Writing exercise that I provided."
"The student and I spent the first portion of today's session going over writing skills she needs to use to get a higher essay score on the SAT. I encouraged her to include much more detail about things she writes about in her essays. As far as words go, we practiced not repeating the same ones too many times, and throwing in some higher level vocabulary words. She has a much higher knowledge of words than she is using in her writing, so I we're working on using some of them. I then asked her to look at the sample essays in her SAT book, and to read the reasons why each of them got the score they did. We then worked on some math problems from a practice SAT. We focused on the more difficult questions, and I would help whenever she got stuck with one of them. Her homework is to take another timed practice SAT."