Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session, the student and I primarily worked on the essay. We began by reviewing the timed practice essay that he wrote for homework, which was very good. We discussed its strengths and weaknesses and considered how it could be improved so that it would earn a 6. Next, we revised this essay together, placing particular emphasis on the most important components (i.e. the thesis, the examples chosen, the topic sentences of both body paragraphs, and the conclusion). The student did a good job with this."
"During this session, the student and I worked extensively on grammar and vocabulary by using passages from his review book. We also worked on coming up with topics and examples for his essays and general format tips. He is working very hard to get a mastery of final vocabulary words before his exam next week. I will send him some practice passages and answer keys for him to work on this week for the final push to completing his test."
"We went over some essay prompts and did an intensive brainstorm session for each; thinking of relevant examples and details and how to connect them back into the claim and reasoning. We also went over some math problems together, looking for how to speed things up."
"Today was the first session with the student, so we talked about the SAT and I timed him with a practice math section. He was able to answer about half of them correctly, and did so with plenty of time to spare. There are a number of concepts that we will need to review, especially basic geometry, slope/intercept and function problems, and algebraic word problems. I suggested some prep books and he will get one of them before our next session. Next time, I plan to begin working on the verbal questions."
"Today I introduced the content of the SAT and we focused on the writing section. We practiced creating outlines for the essay. We moved on to working on good writing habits and how the essay is graded. We fleshed out the outlines and added details and examples. We then reviewed basic grammar for identifying sentence errors. The student has had little exposure to the SAT, so covering background and basic skills was a wise investment. He will take a diagnostic test for next week."
"The student is confident in her writing skills. We set up a plan from today to her exam in which we will be going through reviews, then drills and finally full length exams as the exam approaches. We went over the math section and we went through a few drills to better assess her math skills. Next we went into a review session in the math section to make sure she is familiar with the material. I set her some homework, mostly reading and annotating from her textbook and some practice questions based on today's session. I feel confident that she will do well. I plan to build up her confidence before the exams approach. I gave a detailed report to her mother and made sure she also is in the loop in our plans for her exam preparations."
"Yesterday we began working on a practice essay prompt from the prep book, using some of the strategies we discussed when we went over the student's finished sample essay. We had finished the first paragraph, so when we began today we had our well-worded thesis statement and the three supporting examples she would use as the body of the essay. We finished the essay, using many of the devices while maintaining cohesion and ended up with a pretty strong essay!"
"The student and I went through diagnostic tests for the sentence completion and reading comprehension sections. He has excellent reasoning and deduction skills. I'm sending him some interactive vocab exercises and am going to encourage him to read any kind of book (fiction, non-fiction, fantasy, etc.) that actually interests and engages him in his free time."
"The student and I went over a practice SAT Math exam. He did well with only getting a few wrong. Next time he takes a practice exam, he is going to take it in the allotted time limit to simulate the factor of having a time restraint."
"The student and I focused on critical reading problems for this session. She has good logical intuition and is clearly a very capable and intelligent student. Most of the time she is able to isolate the question to the correct answer through elimination. We will focus on vocab building and math."
"Yesterday, the student and I worked through the data analysis, statistics, and probability section of her Math Level II review book. She had previous experience with most of the data analysis topics such as mean, median, mode, and range, but she hadn't seen standard deviation and z-score yet, so we worked on that. She hadn't done probability yet, so we took more time going through calculating probabilities of single events, of independent and dependent events, and of mutually exclusive events."
"The student and I completed a lot of practice questions in all three sections: reading, writing, and math. It seems that his weakest area is critical reading. He does very well on the entire writing section, the vocab part of the reading sections, and most of the math topics. For math questions, I recommend that he write down all his work rather than doing the problems in his head."