Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student felt very confident after taking the SAT on May 10. He said that the review that we have been doing was more difficult than the test itself. We began by talking about the test. He told me about the essay, and about how he felt better on the verbal. We then did another comprehensive math review. I did not have him take the sections timed. We simply worked through them and made sure he had a firm grasp on all the different types of questions that would be on the test. We then turned to his verbal practice. He felt that he did pretty well on the verbal section on the SAT itself, and our practice reflected that. His weakest subject is reading comprehension, so we spent the rest of our time going over various passages to see if he could improve his score. He got about 75% of the questions right, which is an improvement from the 60% that he normally gets right. He told me he would reveal his scores to me when he gets them. They will be significant in determining where we go from here."
"The student and I worked on both math and reading questions today. We went over all the math questions that he hadn't known how to do on his own. I showed him how to either solve them or how to get the right answer by trial and error. We also went over the reading questions that he had gotten wrong. For many of them, reading the question a second time helped him get the right answer. Reading the passage over again helped him understand the reasons behind the correct answers to the rest of the questions. The essay he had written was well set up with a good intro, 2 paragraphs with one specific detail in each of them, followed by a concluding paragraph. There were a few grammatical errors in it. I pointed out what words should be fixed, why varying sentence length is a good thing, and that repeating words too often is something to be avoided. If he can learn from these things, his essays in general should improve quite a bit. His homework is to again focus mainly on the reading passage questions, tougher math questions, and on writing another essay. I want him to increase his essay score."
" As usual, we started the session by going over the questions the student got wrong. He usually could see where he went wrong, and often he simply was rushing. We talked about time management again, and then I asked him to complete a practice math section on his own within the designated 20 minute time period. He did better than he did on the homework and had been doing in the past. We talked about exponents and functions in order to help him better understand some questions. To end the session, I had him read a pair of paired reading passages and answer questions on both. We discussed finding the main idea and using context clues to define words. He did very well here: he managed to complete the two sets of questions in only slightly more time than what would have been given. Ultimately, he is in a better place than he began on both of these sections. I left him with several practice sections to complete."