Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Went over more reading sections. The student is getting a lot better at realizing his mistakes and is steadily improving. We finished off the session with some math prep."
"During last session we went over sequence and series concept, vector and scalar quantities, practice problems and SAT subject test format problems. Great session."
"Mostly more content - we reviewed some exponent rules and covered fractions, decimals, ratios, and percents, as well as probability."
"The student took a practice test for this week and got 720 on Critical Reading, 650 on Math, and 640 on Writing. His Critical Reading score has clearly improved a lot, but we need to make sure the other sections aren't slipping. It seems his main challenge on math is that he often does not understand the question. He left seven question blanks; more experience with SAT math problems will help. As for the writing section, he often answers "no error" for sentences that do in fact have a problem; he should read those questions twice. For next week, I asked him to complete practice tests #5 and #10."
"The student and I worked through two grammar sections and 35 SAT math problems. On the grammar section, we focused on colons, semi-colons, noun-verb agreement, and verb tenses. On math, we worked on questions related to ratios, probabilities, setting equations equal to one another, and geometric formulas. She struggled at first with setting many of the problems up, but was able to reach the correct answer after receiving some assistance."
"We worked through more chemical kinetics problems. Today we started working with "integrated rate laws" to calculate reaction progress. The mathematical underpinnings of these techniques will remain somewhat murky until the student has learned some calculus, but I got her started in the right direction by showing some graphical representations of moles and reaction rates. It took me a little while to figure out exactly what was holding her back, but when we found it, I think there were a few breakthroughs. As homework, one of us might want to figure out how to perform best-fit analyses on her TI-84, as this is faster and more accurate than plotting by hand."
"Excellent session today with these two. We began by reviewing homework they had done (English, Science, & Math). In this, we reviewed absolute value inequalities and some trig concepts, comma usage, and some others. On Science, we looked at a few questions in the [answer - reason] format and went over the strategy of looking at the second half the answer choice (the "reason" section) and eliminating the false ones. After this, we looked at a sample writing prompt and they each made an outline and talked strategies for that. For next time, they are going to complete a Reading section."
"The student and I went over a critical reading section from last year's test. We focused on narrative-based questions and worked our way through understanding the analysis required in order to narrow down to the correct answers. In the last few minutes, we also went over some math review."
"First session with the student. He reports the math section is solid and wanted to focus on the English. We used his copy of an SAT prep book, and went over Test 10, Section 4 at length. This gave us plenty of time to discuss the details of each problem, build some vocabulary (and strategies for working problems where he does not know all the word meanings), experiment with different ways of approaching problems, and so on. Obviously, he'll want to go faster on the actual test, but the extensive discussion ahead of time allows more of the thinking over how to address types of problems to be front-loaded and be done ahead of time."
"Tonight the student worked predominantly on mathematics. Our main focus was a 40-question math practice test covering equations and their related algebraic concepts that took a good portion of the time to both complete and then review in-depth. She came to a solid understanding of some of the concepts she had been struggling with, including solving equations and square roots. She then worked through a Verbal Reasoning practice test that covered nouns used to describe people. She reviewed these answers with me, as well, before we ended for the night. Our plan for Wednesday's session is to go over a reading passage I have selected and complete some sample questions I draft up, as well as work more on the Quantitative Reasoning section."
"Today the student and I continued going over the SAT reading sections we'd been going through last week and then went over some math and writing. Although she seemed disappointed with her preliminary performances, she's performing well above the average student's first attempted scores. We went over general strategies in writing and talked about important concepts in math."
"We first covered plane geometry. We reviewed properties of quadrilaterals and triangles. We then covered the tricks to calculating perimeter and area. After a few rounds of practice we covered advanced questions dealing with ratio of area. We spent the rest of the session going over methods to approaching the reading section. We went over some tips and had him practice said methods on a mock section."