Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During today's session, the student and I finished the critical reading section we started yesterday. We continued with the passage-based reading questions. Overall, he did well in this section. Following critical reading, we turned our attention to the essay. I administered an essay prompt under timed conditions, and, after 25 minutes passed, I provided some general feedback about his essay and areas in which he could improve. For example, he could have taken a stronger, more definite and clear position. He agreed. Overall, he writes proficiently. After discussing the comments, he wrote a second version of the essay. His second version was considerably stronger, and he expressed that he knew that his essay was stronger as well while he was writing it. In between our sessions, I have asked him to focus on building his vocabulary using the lists I provided."
"The student and I jumped right in with a math section. He has really showed improvement in his ability to efficiently read questions and transform them into mathematical problems that he can solve. Especially in the cases of hard questions that he doesn't immediately know how to resolve. He has learned to take the steps he is certain are right before progressing too far down an unproductive route and this strategy has really helped him tackle questions that seem intimidating at first. We reviewed some ideas about how to keep an eye on the clock, and to keep in mind how much time he can spend on a single question before it eats too far into the time he needs for other questions. When we moved on to the next math section, he blew it away - finishing in record time with a very high degree of precision. I was really proud of him, and I think he was proud too. I suggested that he practice a few more sections in the same way, to help build the good habits he developed as well as his well-deserved confidence in himself. Because his test date is coming up, we spent some time talking about the essay, reading and writing sections as well - but with each he proved to be very capable. Next week, we'll make sure his math strategies are well ingrained and continue rounding out in anticipation for his test date in a few weeks."
"The student had completed one essay and one math, one reading, and one writing section to go over for today. She did much better on her essay than she had previously; her examples were well thought out and she avoided using too many personal examples. I suggested that she include a sentence in her conclusion that tied it all together. For math, she did a great job with the first third and missed no questions. We went over the remaining more difficult questions. In reading, she missed two vocab words but otherwise did okay for the vocab questions; she is doing much better with the critical reading in avoiding projecting her own ideas (vs. correctly finding the answers in the passage). We then did one critical reading section together and one math section together. I think this is still her strongest area. For next time, she will complete one essay, two math, one critical reading section and one writing section."