Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student did very well on her writing homework. Since she was doing so well, we tackled her least favorite subject: math. While she has definitely made progress, math continues to be her most problematic area. At this point, she has the know-how to do all but the hardest math problems, but she allows herself to be intimidated. I will continue working with her to become more comfortable with the math section of the test. However, ultimately, I want her to focus on excelling at the non-math parts of the test, as she's doing much better at the writing and critical reading sections. Performing at the top of her ability on these sections will be the key to her success."
"The student and I continued to look at the critical reading section of the SAT. I had asked him to complete a practice reading section independently over the past few days, so we began the session by going over the answers. He has become very good at eliminating answer choices: on the questions he answered incorrectly, he managed to narrow his choices down to two possible options (one right, one wrong). However, he is still struggling with vocabulary words. We talked about some new vocab words and how we could remember their definitions, and then did some practice vocab questions. I also encouraged the student to continue to work on vocabulary on his own. Afterwards, we read two additional passages and answered reading comprehension questions. Again, the student needs to work on his vocabulary to improve his skill with these questions, but he also needs to practice reading more thoroughly and remembering important details. He has a tendency to find key pieces of information and forget them by the time we answer questions. The best way to improve this is to practice, so I left him with some passages to work through over the next few days."
"Today was my first session with the student. Because I had been told that he needed help with the writing portion of the SAT, I wanted to assess a baseline. I gave him an essay prompt from a recent SAT. I noticed that he could utilize the 25 minutes allotted to better organize his thoughts and arguments, noting to him that he should try to dedicate at least 5 minutes toward a more fleshed out structure. Afterward, we spent the remainder of the session focusing on sentence completion and passage-based reading questions. He logically reasoned through the sentence completion questions well. Once I arrived home, I read his essay. I plan to administer an essay prompt at the beginning of every session because I firmly believe that practice is the best way to better his writing process."