Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Last session with the boys before their exam. Brought review of all major concepts and problem types and went through it to practice strategies for the Writing, Reading, and Math sections of the SAT. Student 1 continues to improve with the m-c writing, which was his weakest area, while student 2 and 3 have become confident in all areas."
"The students had completed 2 math sections during our break, and we went over both of them today. There is improvement shown. I am working on helping them become more confident."
"For the first part of the session we worked on reviewing issues everyone had on their practice exam. Both students wanted to work on math, so we worked for the first hour on questions from the book and other hand written practice questions. Both students are strong in math but sometimes have trouble setting up problems. We will continue to review and work on this on Wednesday. With the third student I worked on studying for his math final at school. We talked about derivatives and got a little bit into equations of tangent and normal lines. We will continue this Wednesday."
"The student got a 1780 on her SAT but would like a 2100. We did practice math, reading, and writing sections today. We talked about shortcuts for math and focused on triangles, geometry, and new terms and symbols because she finds them the most difficult concepts. I asked her to complete a reading and math section for next time. She is a pleasure to work with!"
"The student received the detailed results for her last SAT so we spent much of the session going over these results. As suspected, her reading comprehension hurt her more than anything else, so our continued emphasis on this is wise. We also found, that while she excelled in math, almost all of her problems were in "Numbers and Operations" and "Date, Probability, and Statistics" so I have assigned her additional review work in these specific areas."
"We began with discussing general strategy (when to guess, pacing, etc.), and the student showed that she already has a strong intuition on this. We then dove right into the math section, going over the relative convolution of the various problems and the general strategies (when/where to plug in for various problems) across algebra and geometry. She picked these up very quickly and was pleased with the ease they afforded her. I will be sending her homework to further practice these strategies."
"We reviewed CR sections from practice test #4 that the student completed and scored on his own. After reviewing strategies for solving CR problems, he completed a CR section independently while I timed him for each of the problem sets. While too much time was being taken on the long passages problem set, he aced the vocabulary section and overall had more hits and fewer misses than on any of the CR sections from practice test #4, a significant improvement. He will do timed practice on long passage problem sets and independently complete and score Math sections for review in our next session."
"The student and I did our final review. We went over strategies and reviewed grammar, spending more time on harder topics. We did practice for improving paragraphs and error ID, focusing on the grammar topics he struggles more with. We went over his last essay. He knows what to incorporate on the exam and will take that essay more seriously. We also talked about what to bring to the test."
"At today's session, the student and I continued to review for the math section. First, we focused on rates, ratios, proportions, and percents, before moving on to cover proportions in triangles, Pythagorean triples, the slope equation, and slope-intercept equations. The student still has some difficulty distinguishing between rates, ratios, and proportions, though she is now comfortable solving this type of problem once it is setup. We will continue to work on determining ratio, rate, and proportional relationships in tomorrow's session. By contrast, she quickly understood how proportions work for similar triangles and how to use the slope equation."
"The student and I hadn't seen each since his spring break began, so we spent most of this meeting getting back up to speed. Our focus was mainly on math sections. We worked on using the information given in the problem to understand what sort of operations can be done with it, and then finally derive an answer. The student showed great promise and we were able to cut down greatly on the amount of time it was taking him to answer these questions."
"The student and I began by going over some math problems. We moved on from there to working on some of the verbal and writing sections. Finally, I gave him some final general advice about how to write the essay, including the (short) amount of planning time in the beginning, throwing in some savvy words to impress the judges, and keeping up the correct grammar rules that he has been learning for the other parts of the exam. His homework is to do an excellent job on the SAT!"
"Today was my second to last session with the student. We began by reviewing homework, as usual. Her latest practice test was her highest scoring one yet! She improved both math and reading, and pretty much maintained her writing score. She seems comfortable with all of the material and has very few problematic sections. Come test day, I think the main question will be maintaining focus and time management. She said that all the practice tests and reviews have been very helpful for her. After our practice test review, we put together a note card to help her review for math. On Thursday, we will go over her last three sections, finish making our notecards, and talk about last minute questions and strategies for test day."