Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, the student and I focused on the math section of the SAT. First, we reviewed her homework and a few questions from last week's practice test that were confusing. She seems to be understanding things really well on second glance. After homework review, we continued with our review of the math material, focusing on numbers/operations and statistics/probability/data analysis. The student will do another practice test this week."
"Because this was the student's last session before her test date, we split our time between wrapping up our work on the Writing sections in particular and reviewing strategies and tips for all of the test sections in general. For the Writing sections, we started by going over the vocabulary enrichment work that the student had done since our previous session. We then turned our attention to the multiple choice Writing section, where we reviewed the most commonly tested grammar and punctuation rules. The student has a solid grasp of both grammar and mechanics, so we were able to move through all three question types for this section fairly quickly. The student wasn't very concerned about the writing and argumentation aspects of the essay, but she did worry about coming up with ideas for an unfamiliar prompt in a timely manner, and about time management during the essay. In order to help her plan out her ideas more quickly, we codified a pre-planning process based on a series of specific questions targeting the quick development of her thesis, arguments, evidence, and critical thinking. Finally, we revisited the techniques we had previously discussed for each of the other test sections as well as for the student's management of her anxiety level."
"Tonight was my last session with the student. We had worked on all sections, strategies, and questions that he could use or needed help on. We started by discussing the different strategies that he could use and in which sections. He then jumped right into section 6 of the practice test. He finished this section in 18 minutes and 16 seconds. He said that it was pretty easy except for one question that confused him (number 8), which we reviewed together. He next completed section 7 (reading). He completed section 7 with about 10 seconds left. The student then continued with section 8 (reading). He started the section and skipped the vocabulary section but started filling in his answers for the passage in the wrong place. He caught himself doing it and fixed his answer sheet. Important - one thing I want the student to work on is not worrying about how much time is left and working like he has all the time in the world. He worked and was very focused on section 8. He seemed to like the passage and seemed to find the answers he liked quicker. He finished section 8 in 16 minutes and 18 seconds. He said that he did find this passage more entertaining and easier to understand. The student finished all the reading sections and received a SAT score of 540 on the reading section which was a 20 point increase from the last test and 110 point increase from his PSAT score. He finished all the math sections and received an SAT score of 690 on the math section, which was a 90 point increase from the last test."