Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today was my first session with the student. We went through some math sections and started into the basics of how to approach various problems, and I identified some areas that need some refining."
"After reading the essay the student had written during last week's session, I chose to focus on the writing section of the SAT for half of our session today. While his use of language is par, I believe the substance of his arguments is often lacking. Prior to reviewing his essay together with my feedback, I asked him to explain his position and its supporting points. Through his explanation, I understood that his essay did not read as well thought out because his position was not adequately flushed out and evaluated from the brainstorming stage forward. After discussing how individual parts of his essay could be improved, I administered a new essay prompt under timed conditions. While his second essay was better (a solid 3 rather than a 2/3), this remains an area open for improvement for future session. We then spent the second half of the session on critical reading, working through sentence completion and passage-based reading questions. I have sent him vocabulary lists to supplement our lessons and have advised him to complete diagnostics on his own time as well."
"Friday, the student and I met to go over the SAT math. She has completed all the practice tests in her test prep SAT book and has consistently scored in the upper 600 - lower 700 range; she wants to get (and is quite capable of scoring) an 800. We started our session by working through problems that she specifically did not understand from her practice tests. Thankfully, we were able to come up with solid answers for all the material that she was confused about. After the practice tests I gave her an open ended problem that I had been considering just to get her thinking about how to structure and tackle complex questions. We worked through the example from start to finish and were able to solve it quite quickly. Lastly we worked through some math league problems I brought with me. They are also designed to get one thinking outside the box, and in particular are generally such that there is an 'easy' solution if you think hard enough. This is often true of SAT questions as well. All in all this was a good session. I know that the student is capable of an 800, and I look forward to working with her on physics in the summer."