Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed the student's written essay and found that while his use of language and abstract understanding of the topics are outstanding, he needs to focus on selecting concrete examples to tie into his thesis. So we spent the rest of the session going over the structure of the essay, looking at example essays, and practicing coming up with pertinent examples for various essay topics. He had a great handle of this by the end, and he will be able to write a 5-6 score essay for the test. I recommended that he practice as consistently as he can with the vocabulary and the practice sections in writing, reading, and math. He should attempt to do at least an entire practice test on his own."
"The student remembers all of the concepts we went over for the SAT Writing section over the last month and raced through a long series of questions correctly. I threw him off once I introduced a few "No Error" trick questions. We're going to build up his confidence so he'll be able to handle those with ease. When they try to dupe him on the SAT. We made significant progress with exponents, and it seems what he's learning in Algebra II in school is helping him a lot with solving equations. I asked him to time himself and complete the Critical Reading and Writing sections of a real SAT practice exam this weekend. Next weekend, he will do the Math section, and the weekend after that, he will take an entire SAT practice exam on his own time. I just wanted to let him do part of the exams so he gets used to sitting there before making him do a whole one."
"During today's session, the student and I continued to work on practice problems from released exams, with a principal focus on math and writing. He has just begun to memorize common grammatical errors and re-learn math concepts from algebra and geometry, but he is a bright and curious student, and I am confident that his scores will quickly improve. At the end of our session, I assigned him a homework assignment consisting of two timed reading sections."
"Material covered: SAT writing - identifying sentence errors, improving sentences, improving paragraphs; SAT critical reading - social science/history passages, single-blank questions, double-blank questions."
"The student completed a critical reading and a math section on her own. We spent most of the session going over the critical reading. She tends to get about half of the questions right on passages that she doesn't understand, and she omits wisely. Time management is still an issue."
"The student and I started with an overview of what would be on the SAT, broken down by the three sections. I also gave some general tips for test prep, test taking, time management, and memorization. We worked on sentence completions for the first half of the lesson, and math problems for the last half. The student seems to have a good handle on the material on the test."
"Continued work on SAT reading, reviewing student's homework. Completed a practice SAT reading section to improve consistency of techniques."
"During this session, the student and I spent a lot of time on the essay section. We practiced sample prompts and creating complex theses. I sent her home with two more practice prompts to walk through either on her own or with a partner. We then worked through the Reading and Writing sections of a practice test. I asked the student to please complete at least 1 practice test by our next meeting, but I would prefer for her to finish 2. She is doing very well and picking up concepts quickly."
"We covered the critical reading section of the SAT. From the diagnostic test the student took, it is clear to me that his primary area of focus should be building his vocabulary. He understands contrast and cause and effect. During this session, I noted every word he didn't know. I instructed the student to use them in sentences of his own devising, to help him remember. We went over more than 40 new words and tried to incorporate the student's personal interests into the vocabulary, to help him better remember. For homework, I told him to focus on internalizing the new vocabulary from the diagnostic test."
"We walked through the beginning math concepts of the SAT guidebook. We reviewed exponent rules. We worked on learning individual concepts and then applying those concepts piece by piece to complex problems, as well as looking for shortcuts. Her homework is to read on the remaining math concepts we didn't cover, as well as to create and run vocab."
"The student and I went through a geometry practice session. I will give him a post-test during the next session to ensure he retained the knowledge and strategies."
"Since we have been focusing on geometry, I decided to review some other concepts such as algebra. We looked at examples in his new math book for the graphing of functions and their transformations, as well. Since the exam is 4 weeks away, I told the student to begin timing himself when he does his homework. It's important to have some experience with a clock winding down to simulate some of the pressure that will occur on test day."