Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on math and reading again. The student is improving in her ability to recognize patterns in the math questions I assigned her several math sections as homework over the weekend, as well as reading. I will continue to emphasize the importance of finding evidence to support each choice for the reading questions."
"The student and I had an excellent session. We went over the paragraphs she wrote as preparation for her essay on the actual test, and I had her write a practice essay. We also spent a good amount of time going over her math homework, and I had her take a timed multiple-choice grammar section. She is doing much, much better on the writing than she was when she took the actual test for the first time. For our next session, we're going to put the biggest focus on the reading."
"During this session, we focused on the SAT writing section. I had the student do a practice section, which we then went over in detail. She missed quite a few of the sentence error problems, but I think that once we went over them and did some of the drills in the front part of the "Cracking the SAT" book, she felt much better about it. We spent the remainder of the session going over the math and working on ratios and percents."
"The student and I started off this morning by looking at a practice GED Math test; however, I quickly discovered that he has almost no experience with algebra or geometry, the two biggest components of said test. Instead of running through the practice test normally, then, we looked at each question together, and I began instructing him in the basics of the order of operations, equation solving, probability, proportions, perimeter, area, and triangles. For next time, I have assigned him some supplemental reading and practice on some of these basic algebra concepts."
"The student and I reviewed his last practice test and focused in on how to improve his essay in particular. I had him do a sample outline of another essay topic and ran him through some exercises on how to spot subject-verb agreement to improve his multiple choice scores for the writing. We also worked through several critical reading passages that gave him trouble. For next time I have assigned him another practice test."
"The student had completed all but the final section of the Math on a practice test. We reviewed his errors on the completed sections, then took the remaining section in timed bursts of 4 questions before reviewing. He was over a minute under time. His estimated score for this Math practice test was 540-600, which is in the target range but without the ideal padding. He plans to complete CR sections of a test to review Friday, Math sections for the following Tuesday, and another CR section for the following Friday."
"It seems like the student is really studying and trying on her own, which I appreciate. She scored perfectly on the vocabulary quiz that I made for her. We finished going over the math section that we started yesterday. She takes notes on the concepts she doesn't know and is very cooperative with all of my questions and attempts to reinforce the different formulas and theorems. We looked at her essay from the SAT in January, and talked about shifting from only using personal examples to incorporating some from literature, history, etc. We finished with a critical reading section. She did best on the long passages, but missed quite a few sentence completion questions."
"Today, we reviewed the student's last diagnostic exam, on which he scored a 2000. This was a full-length, timed exam. He scored above 600 on all sections; writing was his best section, followed by verbal and then math. There were no concerns from this session."
"Another excellent session! We started by going over all three sections he did for homework. He did an excellent job on the Reading and Writing. He clearly has mastery over the content in these areas, so we'll be mainly focusing on the math. On the math section he did, he had some more trouble, especially with the Student-Produced Response questions. We focused on those especially today, and I gave him some tips for dealing with them. We worked through another set of them together, and I noticed that he is great at just jumping right in and trying something. His confidence is high, and his skills are rapidly improving as well. I assigned him another Reading, Writing and Math section to do for homework."
"The student and I went over a few more practice tests. We talked about how she should handle the next few weeks in preparation for her SAT. Over the course of our sessions she showed some big improvements in all the sections."
"The student had done a handful of math questions in his review book, so we began by going over those, and then continued by working together on two additional math practice sections from an SAT test prep book he had. He is still very good at critical thinking and geometry, but he gets confused easily by how questions are worded and often makes simple arithmetic mistakes that affect his answers. Again, I reminded him that practice is the best way to overcome these issues. I left him with a packet, and told him to focus in on looking for what the questions are asking as he completes them. I also suggested he review the vocab list we had been assembling earlier in the month because I'd like to focus on the reading section again in May."
"The student and I went through his most recent practice sets. We're going to return to math during our weekend session. Reading went well in general. The paired passage presented some problems but he seems to be holding his own. He did well with the sentence correction set. We supplemented that with the sentence identification set, which he did very well on, and the paragraph improvement set, which went much better than last week. My main concern in the week before test is getting him to the right answers without my questions guiding him through the reading."