Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered the complete math section from a practice test. We worked on trying to uncover the underlying math problem as the questions get harder. Since we're meeting tomorrow, I didn't assign him any work"
"We had a discussion of the new format for the SAT, possible implications for test taking strategies, critical reading and analysis practice, and sentence and paragraph correction practice."
"We reviewed Math and reading sections, focusing on geometry, functions, and using prefixes and suffixes."
"Reviewed ACT Reading, English, and Math. Did a practice reading passage. Discussed answers and explanations and strategies. Also went over a science reading passage. Taught necessary skills like identifying main idea and important details. Completed an English practice section on punctuation. Discussed answers and explanations. Did several practice math questions. Reviewed answers and explanations and necessary skills."
"Today, we went over the science section of the ACT test. We talked about the format of the test, and how to approach different passages and question types. We did a series of practice questions together and walked through a sample test together. She seemed to understand the concepts very well. After that, I assigned her a practice test to work on, which we will score together later."
"The student and I began the session working on math. We worked on ratios by completing a worksheet in which he had to solve for part of the ratio. We also worked on the Quantitative Reasoning portion of the ISEE. His math skills are improving. He is now able to complete more steps in a problem with a minimal amount of prompting. We also worked on reading comprehension. His skills have been improving. He was able to correctly answer 4/5 questions regarding comprehension. For the next session, I would like to work on math."
"We tried the first 13 example problems in the math chapter, leaving off at page 272. Many of the techniques required for these problems are either new or relatively un-habitual for the student; these include completing the square versus using the quadratic formula (she will memorize the latter), solving equations containing the square roots of variables (which requires careful checking of answers by plugging them back into the original equation), solving equations with variable expressions in denominators, and solving a pair of equations consisting of one linear equation and one quadratic equation. Though they were somewhat unfamiliar, she was not daunted by these problems, and tackled them with resolve. She will take the first practice test in this book, probably on Wednesday, and that will serve as a good baseline against which to measure her future progress."
"The student and I began by going over my general overview of the vocabulary, formulas and concepts found on the math section of the SAT. She feels that her primary weakness is the math section, so we looked only at math today and we will continue a strong emphasis on the math section. We reviewed some important concepts in geometry that she had forgotten, focusing on these questions while going over practice tests. We also discussed general strategies regarding the point system on the old SAT (the one she will be taking) and time management."
"Per the student's request, we spent all of our time on SAT Critical Reading, the Sentence Completion section. We spent some time reviewing the one-blank sentences, but most of our time on the two-blank sentences. We reviewed some techniques for speed and accuracy, and I showed her several different methods to solve these problems. When implemented, she had a much higher rate of accuracy than before. I will continue to show her how to dissect and define unknown words using known words. She is doing much better on this section, and I have no doubt that she will continue to improve."
"I graded the student's second mock ACT. He got 2 more questions right in the English, Math, and Reading sections. We began reviewing the ones he got wrong."
"First, we went over the structure of the test. The student felt that he needed the most work in math, so we spent most of the time on that section. We covered topics in Algebra, Data analysis, and geometry, and I was able to get a feel for his learning style. For the next session, I will assign the student some diagnostic tests so I can pinpoint what we need to review. We'll also go over strategies and time management, as well as study plans."
"Today the student and I reviewed the parts of the most recent test that she was able to complete. We used the rest of the time to discuss essay strategies and to work on a sample essay. She reports that she got a 6/12 previously and now has a better understanding of how to increase her essay score. Before our next meeting, she will complete the next test in the SAT prep book."