Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We met for the first time to work on SAT prep. I learned that he's worked on test prep before, and determined that he felt weakest in the grammar section of the SAT and strongest on vocabulary. We started by covering math, which the student understood well. He is bright, doing most of the arithmetic in his head. He decided that he would like to review geometry, which we will do in our next meeting. After math we moved on to grammar. The student did well in this section, but clearly had more difficulty than with the math. We identified things to look out for as a supplement to intuition (such as false comparisons, various types of agreement, and removal of clauses). I think that he will do well on the grammar provided we work on sentence/phrase replacement, which was more challenging for him than error identification or passage analysis. Lastly I learned that he did not score highly on the essay portion of his practice exam. I'm having him write an essay so that I can see how he writes and offer guidance (a good essay score can really boost a writing section grade)."
"We covered more strategies for SAT writing and math. He is progressing in SAT math quite well. He still struggled with some vocab, so I gave him an online resource to practice on."
"Tonight, I started the session by just asking how the student's week was and how his dinner with the Boy Scouts went were he gave a presentation. I think the student was happy to relax for a few minutes and just talk to relieve some stress. After our quick talk, I had the student start the 2nd to last practice Math test. The student was working at a nice steady speed, writing out his work, looking at every answer, using his calculator only when needed and to check his answers. The student started the open ended questions at 8 minutes and 0 seconds. Next the student completed the last Reading section of practice test 1. It took the student about 5 minutes and 55 seconds to complete the reading passage and start the questions. I told the student to continue practicing the strategies we have worked on including: skipping the vocabulary questions and going back to them at the end, underlining information he thought was important, crossing out answers he believed to be incorrect, and trying not to go back to the passage as much. The student finished the 13 questions that went with the passage at 14 minutes and 20 seconds. The student then went on to the vocabulary questions. At that point I gave the student his 5-minute warning. The student finished the last reading section at 19 minutes and 15 seconds. The student answered 12 questions correctly, omitted 1 question, and 6 questions incorrectly for an overall raw score of 10. The student's overall Critical Reading score was a 520, which is a 90-point increase from the last test he took."