Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Since I last saw him, the student really applied himself to completing a reading comprehension section in the time limit. And he succeeded! He did a fantastic job with the long passage and sentence completion portions of the section. After going through the reading section he had completed, the student and I went over what went into a strong essay. We looked at a few different topics and drilled the first five minutes."
"Reviewed the student's extra practice, the student scored 6/7 on the Reading Mini-Test 1. The student and I discussed the question that was missed and why he made that choice. The student read and answered questions to the following stories: Not a Farmer's Day, Dreams of Gold, Musical Tastes; and The News Boy. He read the questions and each story aloud to me. The student used strategies for eliminating wrong answer choices and identifying the correct answer in the passage."
"The student and I spent a good portion of today's session discussing her latest ACT score and future plans: whether to take the test again (and when) and how/what she should be studying on her own time. She is committed to practicing at least one hour per day, and attempting to mimic ACT testing conditions when taking practice tests. The student completed some Reading passage questions today and together we identified rhetorical devices, logical inferences, and context clues."
"Tonight was my last session with the student. I had them work through over half a practice test, including an English section, two reading sections, and two math sections, including a multiple choice and grid-in section."
"Today, I gave back her essay that I had graded. There was a lot of improvement. Then we went over the math section that she did for homework and worked through a second one. We then did a vocab and writing section. The student takes the SAT on Saturday. Overall, the student has worked very hard and shown a lot of improvement between now and the time I first started working with her. I think she will do well on the SAT on Saturday."
"We covered multiplication facts, which is the basis for the math assessment test. I watched the student work a few problems to see the strategies she uses when working through a problem. Her mother reviewed her scores with me, so that will help me pull accurate practice items for her."
"We began by reviewing a writing and a reading section the student completed over the weekend. The student did quite well on the writing section. We emphasized the strategies to solve these questions without necessarily knowing all of the vocab involved, and it's clear that vocabulary will be the student's main challenge in tackling these questions. We then turned to some of the most difficult reading passage, sentence error, and math questions we could find, with the goal of figuring out what makes some of these problems so challenging."
"Today we covered test taking strategies in terms of when to guess, when to skip question, how much each was worth, penalties for guessing, different types of multiple choice questions etc. Then we did some practice problems in the math section."
"The student and I critiqued the practice essay she wrote and reviewed ways that she can improve her score for the essay on the test. We also continued to work out of the advanced prep books on topics such as math word problems and critical reading strategies."
"SAT Writing and Reading Sections. Reviewed the student's essay and did a complete section. Went over vocabulary, then did reading passages. The student did well, and will take a practice test before I see her next week."
"We finished the practice exam and compiled the student's results. His scores increased by more than 100 points. We also discussed strategies for taking the test and reviewed a few tricky concepts."
"Today the student and I worked through a timed practice test! We individually went through for the one-hour duration. An immediately encouraging fact was that he was able to complete all the questions in 1 hour (no small feat for 85 questions). This was a difficult test, and the student scored average. After reviewing the problems we discovered that many of the incorrectly answered (or unanswered) problems were on topics new to the student. Others required particular memorization of thing like indicator color. Overall I'm confident in where the student is heading for this exam. It's still encouraging to me that he is correctly answering problems involving hybridization and electron geometry, topics which I introduced only two sessions ago. With some more practice and review the student will be in a very good spot for the June SAT."