Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today was my third and last session with the student prior to her May SAT administration. We went through four reading passages and continued to focus on passage-based reading questions of the critical reading section. She seemed to get through the passages and questions with more relative ease than during our first or second session. At the end of our session, I asked her how she felt about her progress on critical reading, and she responded that she felt much more comfortable with the material than she had been previously. She is also registered to take the June exam, and, depending on how she feels."
"Tonight we covered laboratory skills, specifically molecular biology and cloning. We also reviewed Ecology and Evolution for his exam tomorrow. We are now thinking that he might take the E SAT II exam instead of the M as he feels he has an easier time with the E."
"At today's session, the student and I went over the sentence-completion problems from the Critical Reading Section of the SAT. He has a strong understanding of the types of strategies that he will need to apply in order to improve his score. I have asked him to take a timed reading section for homework and to begin studying his vocabulary words."
"Our last session was extended to use up the remaining time in the student's account. We reviewed a long passage's question set, and a few timed vocab sets, to go over basic strategies, then timed the student as he completed a whole CR section, independently. By the end, he was applying the strategies, and getting through every question in the available time, with a higher hit-rate than when we had started. Especially effective, was determining the meaning of a line or passage asked about, BEFORE reading through answer choices. It is my opinion that he is ready to achieve a much higher CR score than on his previous SAT attempt."
"The student and I began by reviewing logarithms and parametric equations, which we had identified as being trouble areas during our first meeting. He had completed some review questions about logarithms, and we went through them, checking the answers, and completing the questions he wasn't sure about. Most importantly, we were able to stress the importance of the base change formula, and I think he was impressed by how much more easily he could solve the problems, by using this. We then reviewed parametric equations, which populate the exam less frequently. He showed a strong understanding, and we made quick work of the remaining problems. Finally, we went through another practice set, which he did rather well with. We identified probabilities as a focal point for our next meeting."
"Reviewed all the relevant strategies for math, reading, and writing. Practiced through several difficult math problems where the student had good understanding. He also excelled in the reading/vocabulary. He did better with writing, recognizing the more persnickety errors. I think he has the capacity to score very well, especially if he practices as much as he can."
"We continued our work on the SAT, also using a new prep book to see if the student could see any differences from her other one. We continued to review questions that she missed on practice tests and to work on time saving strategies."
"We also went over the major topics of geometry that the SAT covers: basic angle relationships, triangles, and circles. I assigned him Math and Geometry."
"Today, I looked over the student's essay, and we talked about his progress in writing and strategies for completing and scoring the essay, as well as goals for the test. We then reviewed his writing section mistakes and work from the last few practice tests, and went over strategies for these."
"The student had been assigned 2 critical reading sections and 2 math sections. She scored nearly perfect in critical reading but math still needs some work. We'll be focusing primarily on math for the next 5 sessions."
"We covered math and writing samples. I suggested taking one more complete SAT before she takes it this Saturday. I had no concerns from this session."
"The student and I spent a lot of the time practicing open response type questions, which often present a higher degree of difficulty than multiple choice questions. We worked on some strategies for those problems, then moved on to a full practice section."