Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student worked through half of a reading practice test, and I went over her mistakes with her. We wrote down some of the vocabulary words she didn't understand and their definitions in a journal. After that, she worked through half of a math practice test. I went over her mistakes with her on the test as well and reviewed some important concepts. The student did well and worked very hard during the session."
"The Wednesday session was our last session before the SAT test date. She was doing very well in this session as far as the long passages and sentence completion. She began following the book's strategy of looking for the answers within the passage itself. That worked very well."
"We reviewed Transcription, Translation, and Protein Structure. We also reviewed concepts such as plasmids, pseudopods, and Respiration (Aerobic and Anaerobic). Next time we need to continue with respiration and maybe do a general review/quizzing on the first topics to make sure that the student feels comfortable with the material (she will have read through it and done the practice questions in her book). Overall, she seems to understand all concepts well."
"We discussed how his SAT went. He didn't struggle with time but found grammar difficult. We went through a grammar practice session and discussed each type of question. After a few hints and grammar rules, he quickly picked up how to answer questions. He needs to find the subject of the sentence and try to ignore any descriptive phrases. He is equally bright with math and critical reading but overall needs more practice."
"The student and I focused on grammar and identifying parts of a sentence because she has not been taught about many of these concepts in school, and they are necessary to know what is wrong in both identifying sentence errors and correcting sentences. We also worked through some critical reading and math problems. The student's vocabulary and ability to select the correct answer in sentence completion questions continues to improve."
"This was our first session together, so we got to know each other a little bit and looked over the student's score report from the SAT she took back in January. The student scored very well on the essay (10 out of 12) but was not able to break 600 because she lost points on the grammar questions. We spent about 40 minutes going over these and determined that agreement errors (tense, plurals, comparisons) tend to trip her up. We will practice more."
"The student and I began the session by reviewing the exponent portion of the Math test. Next, we moved to plane geometry and geometry. The student has a lot of prior knowledge on these sections of the test when compared to the Algebraic Expression portion. We made a list of concepts for review that I will be emailing to her."
"We started with a review of grammar terms we have worked on before- participles, gerunds, infinitives, etc. He got a few of them switched, but showed very good ability. I think he understands these concepts thoroughly in Spanish, so he has a lot of background. After that, we worked on some math. We covered some exponents and averages. The student has good knowledge, though he just needs reminders on a few concepts, and some assistance on question types a student will see on the SAT, but not in a school classroom (things like averages of consecutive integers)."
"The student and I reviewed math concepts, such as graphing lines and quadratics, FOIL and factoring, and exponent rules. As we talked through the concepts, she remembered learning them in school, and her confidence in answering the test questions increased. We will continue to review these concepts as well as introduce math topics that will be present on the test. We also went through reading passages. I'm working with her on ways to keep her engaged in the reading material. Additionally, we will continue to work on her vocabulary. She is eager to learn by reading books and blogs, and I will send her a few recommendations. Additionally, I would like her to take a full-length, timed practice exam sometime soon."
"The pupil and I went over practice SAT math problems. We looked at common formulas that are used to solve some problems and determined which problems required the use of the graphing function on his calculator. I think when he sees these types of problems on the next practice test, he'll know what to do."
"We had a good session today, as we made it through about a section and a half of math practice problems and half a section of question writing. Both girls are showing improvement in math, and they made it through the majority of problems without needing help. As long as both girls continue to do practice problems in between sessions, they will be prepared for the test."
"We continued practicing problems involving slopes as well as problems from the quantitative reasoning and mathematics achievements sections of the test. We will continue to focus on slopes and probability."