Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today was a review session, combined with a tutorial for her calculator. Her calculator has numerous functions within its programming that she can use to her advantage in the test, and some of these are harder to find, so we discussed hidden features of her device. While reviewing some of the older material, it seems that she has done well retaining it."
"Since this was our first meeting I spent some time talking to the student about the test in general, her goals for her scores, and where she may have trouble. I forwarded her 2 practice tests to take so that we can set a baseline to work from."
"The student is doing well. He has improved significantly on the math, and is improving his handle on the grammatical concepts on the multiple choice. The big thing right now is still for him to develop his vocabulary. I've really emphasized this to him, and I'm hopeful that he'll use the strategies I showed him on a daily basis to strengthen this area. Next week, our session is going to include a session on the essay."
"For math, we did mapping and analyzing problems, and we covered similar figures. For critical reading, we talked about thinking logically about the questions and worked on sentence completions (simplifying the sentence and using context intelligently). For writing, we worked on idiom errors. I asked the student to complete an essay and an idiom errors worksheet for next week."
"Went over homework (writing, math and English sections from practice test, equivalent to half of a test.) Discussed essay strategy to determine how a possible question could be answered. Went over medium difficulty math, writing and sentence completion questions."
"Tonight we quickly reviewed some practice reading (sentence completion) and writing questions. We highlighted a technique to test verb tense errors on writing and then moved onto math for the majority of our time. We analyzed questions in which the wording is intentionally difficult and then honed two general strategies - visualization of geometry, patterns, and word problems, as well as linking simple math to the final solution to discover missing information. The visualization strategy especially seemed to provide a breakthrough to the student, as he quickly solved some problems."
"We focused on the writing section of the SAT today. We began with sentence improvements. The student raced through the first couple with speed and accuracy but began to slow down as the questions became progressively more difficult. While she was able to remain accurate with her answer choices, we discussed pacing and the structure of the section. She felt comfortable with these questions and the pacing suggestions I gave her. Next we worked on identifying the error. She easily did the best in this section, especially once she began incorporating the 4 items I told her to check for: subject verb agreement, noun pronoun agreement, parallelism, and idioms."
"The student didn't do as well on her January SAT as she'd hoped she would, so she has asked to continue working with me. Initially she had reported that writing was the subject she was most comfortable with and that she didn't think she would need help with the subject, excepting the essay. She has since revised her opinion. We spent most of today's session going over several of the most commonly tested grammar topics on the SAT, then reviewed a sample writing section to see problems demonstrating those topics. With the remainder of the session we went through a long critical reading passage together. I assigned her practice sections in both subjects to complete by next week."
"Reviewed the student's score report from her recent SAT. She said she felt the Math was her weakest area. Completed most of a practice SAT to reinforce strategies, and will bring a practice set on geometry for next time."
"Today, since the student's previous SAT scores showed a drop in writing, we spent the first hour working on writing and how to plan an SAT essay. She picked up on it quickly after I showed her an example. Her ideas are generally solid, she needs to work on speed, grammar, and sentence structure though. I left her with one more essay to write for next week. The second hour we spent working through a math section. She did the easier ones relatively quickly. I left her with a couple of math sections to do for next week as well."
"I met the student and discussed the scores from the first time he took the exam. He wanted to focus on writing and math. For writing, he is challenged with all kinds of grammar: when to use commas, subject-verb agreement, and number agreement for pronouns. However, he is eager to learn and already started to show more awareness for those kind of details as we tried more questions. He's off to a nice start. In math, he needed help in how to calculate volume as well as working with variables. I spent considerable time walking him through the problems and how to think through them, and he caught on by the end of our session."
"We began the session by going over their essays. Both students need work on developing quality theses and connecting their examples. I instructed them to rewrite their essays for next time. We then moved on to a comprehensive geometry review - going through lines and angles, triangles, squares/rectangles, circles, and integrative/complex shapes. We reviewed a variety of key theorems, properties, and formulas along with sample SAT questions they might encounter employing the theorems, properties, and formulas."