Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today I enjoyed meeting the student for the first time. We began by discussing the purpose and structure of the PSAT, as well as establishing goals for our tutoring sessions. He is also interested in obtaining an athletic scholarship in the future; I brought an article explaining the basic process of applying for this type of scholarship, and we will focus more on this later in the semester. The student took the PSAT during sophomore year, but does not remember his specific scores. He remembered needing to work on staying focused on the test, especially while analyzing lengthy passages of the reading comprehension portion. During our session, he completed Section 1 of a diagnostic test. We went over his results and discussed specific strategies to tackle the vocabulary questions and reading passages. He will complete Section 3 of the diagnostic for homework using the new strategies we discussed. His AP English class requires that he study vocabulary, so I will check in with him about these words during our next session as well."
"Today we conducted an assessment of all three test sections. The student also completed writing multiple choice practice and a vocabulary quiz."
"Today's session was focused on math preparation, but we began with a review of the student's extra practice assignments and a few deductive reasoning problems. She is doing an excellent job of identifying (im)proper usage of grammatical conventions in popular media and says that the related grammar exercises are filling in holes and making her more confident about this portion of the exam. Prior to beginning our math work, the student completed six logic problems. Three required that she evaluate the truthfulness of a third statement based on two given statements. Another required her to assign people to parking spots and positions in a company through a contingency-based word problem. The last two evaluated the student's ability to weigh supporting arguments for two different statements. All of these exercises have direct utility for the reading comprehension and math portions of the PSAT. Finally, the student was given 10 minutes to complete 13 math problems (exemplary of the common problem types on the PSAT). We talked through her approach for all of them and found places to shave off her completion time in preparation for the exam. Also, we talked about which problem types she should always attempt, guess, or avoid. At the end, the student stated that she definitely needs more practice in certain problem types, but that she feels very encouraged. For extra practice, the student will find more examples in popular media of certain grammatical conventions being used (in)correctly. Also, she will keep reading The Poisonwood Bible in preparation for the beginning of school, and will use the paragraph mapping approach as she reads to prepare for PSAT reading."