Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered impulse, conservation of momentum, gravitation forces, and Kepler's Laws, and I familiarized the student with online learning tools to help him prepare for the SAT Physics test, and I asked him to continue reviewing subjects from his study guide and begin using the online tools once he gets the account sign-in info from his mom."
"This session with the student took place after he had taken the SAT in May. He will be taking it again in October, so we will work together to strengthen the areas in which he is weakest and has the most difficulty, as determined by his May SAT score report. In this session, we started with review of SAT planning techniques. I refreshed him on the PIE technique, but we also went into greater depth in analyzing the prompt itself, as he reported that he had difficulty understanding what it was asking when he took the test in May. We then moved on to review of the multiple choice writing sections. His performance was better than I would have expected based on his actual test score, so we will need to take the time to discuss testing strategies and pacing during the actual SAT. He was left with an essay to write and plan, as well as multiple choice writing questions to complete."
"During this session, the student and I got acquainted and spoke a bit about her prior experiences with the SAT test and SAT prep. We went through her area breakdown on the website from the first test she took. We took some time identifying particular areas of weakness so we could prioritize these trouble topics. She had some math questions from the prep class she had taken during the summer, so we went over those questions together. We ultimately spent most of the session on the math section, tackling some of the harder topics in geometry and probability. I left her with some homework in all three sections."
"We reviewed essay writing tips today, and discussed a sample essay that was given in our workbook. We read over the essay and discussed why it received the score that it received. We also finished chapter 15 of the math section and worked on some practice math problems. I did not see any scores or grades to note progress, but she told me that she successfully completed the extra homework that I assigned her last time. She wanted some help with problems involving algebra, so I think we will try to incorporate a bit of algebra review into each of our subsequent sessions. I sent her a schedule that will guide her through preparing herself for each of our upcoming meetings. I do not have any concerns to share for this session."
"The student said she wanted help with writing essays, so we spent a good amount of time going over the basic structure of an essay. We talked about including examples from history and literature and some good tips to keep in mind. We also went over some math problems she did not understand."
"We continued our review of math problems today, to really nail down geometry, triangles, and lines. We also reviewed our rules for the writing and reading sections, to keep them in very active memory when the test is being taken. A practice test, including the essay, is due for next Monday's session."
"The student and I spent this entire session going over vocabulary that he might see on the SAT. I quizzed him on what definitions went to various words by using the vocab flash cards that he has been making over the past few weeks. He knew many of the definitions. I gave him a few hints on ways to remember the definitions for some of the trickier words. It seems that some of those hints worked, since when we went through the unknown-definitions words a second time, he was able to answer almost all of them correctly. Even for life outside the SAT, it is good that he is expanding his vocabulary the way he is. His homework is to write another essay for me to look at next week."
"I met with the student for a session of SAT tutoring. In this session we continued to practice for all sections of the test. We first went over an essay he had written, which was strong in language but lack clarity. We discussed the structure the SAT likes in its essays. On the other sections, he did well at reading and math, but struggled a bit at grammar. We will continue to go over that various rules the SAT can ask on the grammar section so he can improve."
"For our first session, we focused on preparing for the math portions of the SAT. More specifically, we went over a large number of practice problems available under "learning tools," mostly arithmetic problems with some probability and logic problems as well. For next session, the student will complete some practice sections in the official study guide, begin a vocabulary list and single out challenging problems to go over when we meet."
"Covered the math sections of the diagnostic test from the latest edition of the practice SAT book. Also reviewed the student's answers to the verbal (sentence correction, passage reading, and paragraph improvement) sections. She is doing the essay from the diagnostic test as homework."
"We started by going over a reading comprehension paragraph, to see how the student approached these types of problems. After reviewing it, I showed her how to attack a paragraph and how to avoid trap questions. The next thing we did was look at math problem. She was able to do the algebra problems and was good at writing out her thoughts. The final thing we did was go over writing sections. She did fairly well, but was clearly not used to this type of questioning. For homework, I told her to get a practice test done as well as to do a separate paragraph we went over but didn't do questions for and to go over geometry concepts before next lesson."
"Continued to practice strategies for SAT Writing, Reading, and Math. She continues to show gradual improvement as she becomes more experienced with each type of problem."