Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student had completed an essay, 1 math, 1 critical reading and 1 writing passage. The essay was a little more casual than her prior one, so we went over the do's and don'ts for the essay section. I emphasized the importance of directly answering the prompt in the first paragraph to ensure that the readers did not think she was off topic/wandering. Her first example was good, but her second one was more a collection of ideas than a concrete example. We brainstormed concrete examples that could have replaced this. She will do one more essay for our next section to ensure she has it down on test day. I think she has demonstrated improvement in each section, and I feel that her score should improve."
"During this lesson, I met and established a rapport with the student. I explained to him what we would be doing together, and gave a brief overview of the materials we would cover. We then began our work on reading comprehension. During the first lesson, I explain to students how to: (1) read actively - by keeping their pen in their hands, students pay more attention to what they would normally consider boring and tedious readings; (2) code the sections - by underlining and marking the passages and writing notes in the margins students are able to give themselves markers to return to when attacking the questions; (3) decipher the text - the SAT writers choose passages that are easy to understand on a basic level, but often require critical thinking to understand in their entirety - I spend time showing students the difference between reading and understanding the passages, and then have them go through the process themselves. Overall, this was a very good session! I look forward to continued progress."
"At the beginning of today's session with the student, I reviewed an essay he had written prior to my arrival. The essay topic concerned whether or not changes to make life easier always make life better. His position was that they do not always make life better, and his essay conveyed his argument in a very clear and persuasive manner. It was probably his best composed essay to date. As a new exercise, I asked him to then write an essay arguing for the opposition. I wanted to test his ability to think on his feet should the topic he is given on the day of his test provide little with which to work. His second essay was also strong. We then worked on writing and critical reading sections. On the writing section, he is continuing to perform well overall. However, on the sentence completion questions in the critical reading section, it is evident that he still needs work on developing his vocabulary. Prior to tomorrow's session, I have asked him to complete a full diagnostic and continue reviewing the vocabulary lists I provided."