"Today's tutorial was spent making introductions so that the student could let me know about her interests, her goals for our work together, her familiarity with the PSAT, and her course load and content. This information will assist me in refining a plan for improving her mastery of crucial PSAT skills. In this time, I gave a run-through of the PSAT's format and asked the student to self-rate her abilities in different concept areas the exam tests. After this introductory conversation, we worked through critical reading, verbal, and math PSAT problems so that I could gauge her abilities beyond her self-ratings.
She articulated her approach to each problem, allowing me to hear how she interprets reading passages, eliminates wrong answer choices, intuitively or through acquired learning hears incorrect sentence mechanics, and applies different formulas and math rules to common PSAT question types. I was able to preview the student on some strategy that will help her, and she was able to identify several of her test-taking strengths and weaknesses. From there, we talked about methods we will use to prepare her for her exam sitting on October 15th, mapping out what each tutorial will cover.
One primary method for exam preparation is constant reading and analysis of readings. For extra practice, I have asked her to spend at least an hour before next Sunday's tutorial reading a news publication and answering several key comprehension and language-centric questions. In addition, she is going to email me a list of major grammar concepts her English teacher has tested up to this point. This will let me know what blanks I need to fill in for the exam's verbal section. Once I receive this email, I will reply to her with some word roots lists that she can start thinking about to build her vocabulary.
I am confident in the student's existing skills and their ability to be tweaked for effective application on the PSAT."