Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we went over math test prep. We went over general math strategies and approach. The student has a separate tutor for reading/writing sections. The student has not taken math since last year, as she has fulfilled her overall requirements to graduate high school. She did show an adeptness with numbers at times throughout the session. She often understood the problems and concepts, and picked up on concepts fairly well. She will need to continue to practice and fill gaps in knowledge, but she will improve over time."
"Today we worked through the reading section. The student mentioned that he typically runs out of time and cannot complete the last 4-5 problems. We talked about strategy and determined that it would be better to skip some of the harder/more time consuming problems and get to all of the questions, because some of those last 4-5 could be easy points. We also worked through the reading problems and talked about the importance of reading a little bit before and after the lines referenced in the questions and not skipping inference questions because they typically do not require searching through the passage. The student plans to take a practice test Sunday to apply what we have worked on and we will go through it Monday evening."
"This session we began with logical reasoning. We continued to work on practice problems that involved dependency. For those problems that the student got incorrect, we evaluated his thinking and discussed the need to question his conclusions. He did very well on the logical reasoning today. We also completed math, with a focus on algebraic word problems. The student did well creating expressions and equations from word problems. Finally, we worked on reading comprehension, in particular with science passages. We discussed the reasoning behind the correct answers of those he initially got incorrect."
"We worked through a group of practice problems to get a general idea of what we wanted to focus on. The student did well on most of the problems we looked at, and there were no particular issues that stood out. In the next session we're going to look at integer problems, review basic triangle and angle properties, and discuss some of the chart and percent-based questions."
"The student and I focused on the science test today, with specific focus on those passages in which there is either no experimental procedure or else nothing but contrasting/comparing opinions. The student was very focused today and had a high score on most of the sections we tried. On Thursday, we'll do a dry run in preparation for Saturday, and we'll be off."
"We had a good session. The student did 3 timed Reading sections. She had a bit of a problem with vocabulary and inference questions, and we will continue to focus on these in the future."
"Discussed math word problems and how to approach them. Practiced the English section, and introduced rules of possession. Assigned homework."
"Tonight was our penultimate session before a final mini-review/wrap-up session for Saturday's test. As always, the student was prepared, motivated, and ready to problem-solve. She mastered her vocab for the week, and answered the question of the day correctly (our warm-ups). Next, we reviewed last session, in which we finished up with the writing section and learned lots of new strategies. Then, we went over the various components of the student's homework: reading examples of strong essays and reading/drilling the entire Critical Reading section. As she has historically done the best in the CR section, she asked that we skim through it rather than go too in-depth, but we reviewed types of questions and approaches as necessary. With the time left, we went back to the 11 questions that we had run out of time to workshop back in the Math section, and we worked through them together--the student has a great sense of which questions she will be able to use POE/educated guesses on vs. when she will not be able to eliminate any questions and should skip, a very important skill! Her homework is to do a complete practice test (#2 in the book) and score it online, and we will use our last half-hour to review her progress, highlight most important strategies to take into Saturday, and tips for the night before/day of."
"This week was our second meeting. We started with a review of the problem set I assigned last week, which covered the material from pages 215-251 in the prep book. Next, we reviewed the student's recent report card and her PSAT scores, which she received since our last meeting. Then we started working on the next portion of the math review, which covered a variety of word problems and then an introduction to geometry. I will be assigning a problem set to review the material we covered this week. Homework: Problem set and email answers. Review pages 215-277 and read ahead from pages 277-301, noting areas of concern. Review last example problem on page 277. Email two completed writing samples (narrative piece from this year and older analytical essay)- include brief description of editing process. Was this peer reviewed? Complete 25-minute writing prompt (practice essay pre-test)."
"The student had the results of his PSAT, which we went over for strengths and weaknesses. He was given direct instruction on statistics, including the bell curve and skew. We continued to work practice problems: mostly math but also some reading. Both of these seem greatly improved since our first session."
"The student and I went over the reading and science portions of the test. It seems like she's having the most problems with time management in these sections. We will continue working on this in future sessions."
"Yesterday, the student and I met for an hour and a half. We focused mostly on the science section of the exam, going through a practice test and making sure that she can complete each passage in the allotted 5 minutes. We then ended the session by doing more grammar review, and she did superbly! She will complete a timed science practice test for homework."