Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We completed reviewing the student's practice PSAT. He did very well. After taking algebra and geometry, he will definitely improve. We then went over some writing strategies."
"Today we went over the basic overlay of the PSAT and how it differs from the SAT. We went through each section to do practice problems and discuss strategies to improve previous scores. Because the student is a little younger than most students taking the PSAT, I was concerned about her not having a high enough math level to cover all the content, but she excelled in the math section. She is most worried about the critical reading section, but we talked about how she can make small notes about each paragraph to help keep her focused and give her reference points for the questions. She did very well overall."
"We graded and went over a completed practice test that the student completed this past week, focusing on reading and writing."
"We covered different math practice problems and topics in math that the student's school hadn't covered. We also went over her plan for preparing between now and October."
"We reviewed vocabulary and went through a series of math, reading, and writing problems. Next time we meet we will be discussing the diagnostic test that he will be taking in the next few days."
"Today we started off by covering some more strategy on the reading section. We also did math content review because that's the area he struggles the most, so we reviewed fractions and ratios."
"The student and I continued to do some diagnostic testing to see what we need to focus on. She needs to work on her vocabulary and using words in context. I suggested that she spend her practice time going over the words she does know and learning and practicing with the words she does not know. She will use her practice book to review vocabulary. I also suggested that she do the sample problems in the beginning of the practice book text to review. We will continue working on vocabulary and practicing in our next session. She will need to take the writing portion of the diagnostic test next as well."
"Fundamentals II. The student learned prime factorization and how it can be used to factor and find multiples easier."
"Initially, we wrapped up the critical reading section by reviewing long passages (we have already covered sentence completions, short passages, and dual passages and completed examples in each). Before diving into a passage, we reviewed strategies to tackle long passages such as mapping the passages, writing side notes, and coming up with your own answer prior to looking at the answer choices. The student then read a long passage and annotated it while reading. She completed 9 questions pertaining to the passage individually and then we went over the answers together. Following this lesson, she was more confident and comfortable with this reading comprehension portion of the exam. We also finished reviewing math concepts, such as areas and perimeters of parallelograms and circles, coordinate planes, functions, and arithmetic and geometric sequences. To solidify and apply the material, we did practice problems from each section. In addition, we wrapped up the writing section by going over the improving paragraph portion and reviewed a sample passage with related questions."
"Used the SAT practice book for difficult questions. Vocab list. Divisibility rules. Discussed runs of 3/4 same answers."
"Yesterday I met with the student to continue our review of PSAT math. Before he left for Italy, I dropped off a full PSAT test. We started our lesson by grading the test. He did very, very well on the critical reading, only missing 3 of 48 which was equivalent to a 740. His math was still not competitive. He is still missing the "hard" and some of the "medium" questions on the math section. I think he might have just been a little rusty coming back from his trip. When we went over the ones he missed, he often would figure out which was the correct one before I had a chance to explain it. I also have him draw the diagram and set up the equations. If he gets stuck, I hint at the next step, but I think it's very important for him to figure it out himself. I think he's the type of learner that if he figures out how to solve the question, it sticks with him, but listening to me explain the answer doesn't help him solve a similar question in the future. We spent the rest of the lesson utilizing this strategy solving two dozen more math questions. We set up our next lesson for Sunday."
"Test taking strategies. PSAT Math. PSAT Reading. Learned process of elimination and using double blanks for vocabulary questions."