Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student finished going over an SAT practice test with me. She will take a practice test by next session and we will assess improvement."
"The student and I spent another good session reviewing the SAT Critical Reading section of the exam. We practiced more passages -- and the student completed a long reading comprehension section without a single error! We then went on to work through a full Critical Reading section with the timer on, and the student struggled more with the questions. The problem, I think, is not the time, but the stress of the situation; the student knows that she needs to perform well, and this makes her less coolly analytic than she needs to be in order to answer the questions correctly. When I described this to her, it made a lot of sense. She now has the capacity to get (almost!) every reading comprehension question right; the trick will be reducing the stress and allowing her to focus on each question analytically as she answers it. She's in good shape on this section -- the key is just to focus and to stay calm & detached. I've also prepped her with some final week preparation techniques, which include 1) doing something towards the test every day (ONE 25-minute section -- doing another practice essay for our next meeting is particularly key, or even just a few minutes of looking over popular vocab used on the test!), 2) getting enough sleep, 3) ensuring that she's feeling calm and focused morning of the test (protein breakfast, plenty of sleep, no cramming)."
"The student and I went over the practice sections I had assigned him for last time. I assigned him a reading and a writing section. He showed vast improvement on the reading passages, answering correctly 15 out of 19 questions. On his most recent SAT exam, he answered 23 correctly and answered 22 incorrectly. This means that in this most recent practice test reading section, he got over 75% correct whereas he only got a little over 50% on his most recent exam. The reason for this, I think, is that I am teaching the student a new method. Hopefully, he will be able to use this method on his next test. We went over the reading and writing practice sections as well. I then had the student do a math section. I had him explain to me how he would do the problems and asked him to answer them as well as he could. He scored 12 out of 16, which is quite good, and is better than what he scored on his last exam. We next went over another reading passage. I had the student answer as many as he could until the time was up at 8:00. For "homework," I assigned the student two sections, a reading section and a math section."