Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I started by going over the sample essay he had written after our last session. In general, he had made good progress with respect to developing his arguments and examples, and he had made some effort to limit himself to fewer distinct examples. We discussed how best to include the critical thinking pieces that we had discussed when we went over the scoring criteria and developed his pre-writing process. However, this practice essay did show a great deal more potential. We talked about some specific ways that it could be edited to merit a higher score, and I asked him to rewrite it to address the concerns we talked about. After we went over his sample essay, the student asked that we review the multiple-choice Writing section. He continued to do well on the Identifying Sentence Errors questions, but did need some refreshers for the Improving Sentences questions. We went over the most common errors and explored how they showed up in sample test questions, and discovered that several of the student's errors came down to his not reading and considering the full sentence, or the full answer choice, carefully. We discussed the importance of careful reading, and since the student's pacing left him with extra time, I reassured him that he doesn't need to rush through the sentences or answer choices. We also talked about the danger of going for the first answer choice that seems to fix the original error without evaluating whether or not it introduces a new one."
"We covered the essay, grammar and critical reading. I left the students with practice in grammar and passages along with vocab lists."
"The student and I focused on Math this evening. He continues to find the wording and conceptual nature of the SAT Math questions to be quite challenging. In addition to working through level 1 through 3 problems in detail, we focused on identifying problems on which he can use backsolving or substitution to arrive at the correct answer. With some prompting, he is able to apply these strategies, but I will provide additional exercises during future lessons."