Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Tonight was my last session with the two students before the SAT. I had them work through half a practice test, including an English section, two reading sections, and two math sections, including a multiple choice and grid-in section. Student A missed about fifteen percent of the questions, while Student T missed about a quarter of them. I feel confident that they can both do well, and I urged them to continue practicing for the rest of the week."
"The student and I had an excellent final session preparing her for the SAT. She is in quite good shape on all of the sections of the test. She was clearly better rested today than she has been for our past few meetings, and this was dramatically increasing the scores that she was getting on each of the sections. Since we completed review of the Critical Reading section last Friday, we proceeded on to the Writing and Math sections today. She completed a full writing multiple-choice section and did fantastically well on it -- only two wrong out of the whole section! We also discussed the essay -- she's in good shape to get a 4 or perhaps a 5 if it goes quite well. I recommended that she complete another practice essay in preparation for the test and grade it -- this is an area where practice is important to get the timing right (5 minutes prep, 17 minutes writing, 3 minutes review / correcting errors). I also recommended completing one of the short, 10 minute multiple choice writing sections, because this is an area where timing is odd (and a student who isn't prepared can be caught off-guard) -- but this shouldn't be a problem for her. Then, we moved to the Mathematics section, where she did well, but not great. (I noticed that her energy was flagging, and she almost immediately made a few errors -- keeping energy up is going to be key for the actual test! She should be sure to have drinks and snacks on hand for breaks.) She continues to be very comfortable with the actual mathematics involved in the exam, and she's finishing the section with plenty of time remaining; the trick to scoring well lies in doing her work carefully and then checking it. She's also nicely picked up on the occasionally need to skip a problem and come back to it. I recommended that she practice with at least one more mathematics section, just so she can look over her answers for errors and practice checking for these mistakes as she goes. But honestly, the best preparation for the test at this point is lots of sleep. She is in good shape -- she just needs to feel confident and competent as she goes into the test on Saturday."
"The student and I went through the three math sections of a single test. Her score ended up being in the 620-680 range, and she only made a few mistakes - one involving question interpretation and one involving geometric concepts. We then went through a multiple choice writing section, where her score also fell in the 640-700 range. She struggled the most with the identifying errors section of the multiple choice, so we worked on two more sets of those questions, trying one out loud and trying one in silence."