Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session was an introductory session discussing the structure/question types of the PSAT as well as the scoring system. There was also time for a preliminary assessment of the student's PSAT writing level towards the end of the session. I left him a homework assignment to study a list of 50 vocabulary words, on which there will be an oral quiz next session. Future sessions may work best at 2 hours each."
"We worked on sentence completion from the critical reading and sample math problems. We used practice problems from the school website. The student seemed to understand the concept of signal words, phrases, and punctuation to indicate how sentence completion problems are structured. It seems he needs to brush up on his vocabulary somewhat, but his main problem will be not to get tripped up on the turns of phrases. We then move onto math. I suggested he work on practice questions from his review, study a word bank, and read."
"The student sat for three of the five sections on the PSAT today. I wanted this to be a surprise so we could gauge where she is in her preparation and so that she could feel what it's like to take the exam without all of the prior anxiety. As expected, she performed quite well. Finally, I emailed her several review exercises she can start now and do through the eve of the test date to prepare. Please note, we only have one more tutorial left and she is in an excellent place. Doing the following exercises consistently will just sharpen her existing skills and, likely, reduce any test-day anxiety she has: - Continue paragraph mapping exercise for all school readings. This will sharpen your annotation technique for the exam. In our final session, we are going to annotate a couple more passages together so that you are certain of what needs to be marked up as you read. - Look over word roots list for about 10 minutes per day. It is a very basic one that will work for the most common words the PSAT will present to you. I am sure you know many of them already, so really work on identifying as many vocab words as possible that make use of these word roots and the associated meanings. - Keep using test prep math practice sets, including those designated for the SAT. They come with awesome examples and formulas that you can add to the running list. - Speaking of that list, review it about once per week to ensure you have internalized them and their appropriate uses. - Spell/grammar check popular media. You will find lots of problems with, as well as excellent manipulations of, the language. This is one of the more effective ways of prepping for that written section. - Seek out more logic games, but feel free to keep using our number guessing game and relying on old favorites like Chess. - Invest in reading some of the books we have on our Google Doc and shoot me emails with any analysis questions you might have."