Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The students and I met again today to resume SAT prep. Student 1 took the SAT on Saturday and came back with an almost wholly positive report -- he finished everything in time and the strategies we talked about seemed to work well for him. We began a more systematic review of the Mathematics sections -- starting with Algebra (which his last SAT showed as his weakest part). We worked through a series of problems on 1) Linear Algebra, 2) Exponents, and 3) Quadratic Algebra to solidify the concepts. Both students are fairly comfortable with "solving for x," but they have a bit more trouble getting assorted information into recognizable form (this is the tricky part of the SAT). So we talked about developing a systematic way to solve: identify the subject of the question, gather similar quantities (e.g. bring together all terms that include "x" or "x squared"), then solve for x. Both students are making really good progress -- Student 1 was particularly on a roll today."
"Tonight we focused on SAT Math, and the student worked on a school assignment. The assignment was a three-page screenplay he had to write for an English class. We talked about format and plot structure. I was able to walk him through the process. It was a nice change of scenery from SAT prep for awhile, but after we finished we went right back to working on math problems. He is becoming more and more confident in his math abilities. He sometimes gets tripped up on problems that don't follow a specific formula or a common approach, which is normal, but with more practice with different types of problems he might see, he will be able to conquer these problems with ease."
"We began by looking over the reading section she had done for homework. She seems to be getting more familiar with the format and approach to reading questions. We spent extra time talking about what to do when stuck between two remaining answer options. We practiced first determining the differences between the options then selecting the correct answer. She and I then reviewed the approach to improving paragraph component of the writing section. She did an excellent job answering these revision-based questions. We switched gears and did a vocabulary exercise that involved determining the meanings of common prefixes, roots, and suffixes. The exercise is meant to help her when she is faced with vocabulary words with which she is unfamiliar. We spent the remainder of our time tackling a difficult dual-passage reading section. She did a stellar job approaching the section."