Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session, we reviewed some of the practice material I sent the student after our last lesson. We started with the pronouns test, where the major sticking point was when to use "who" versus "whom", as well as determining referents. We then moved on to algebraic functions, where the main issue was compound functions. Once he had been refreshed on how to approach those, we were able to move quickly through them. We finished by looking briefly at the sequences and series test, and then at one problem in the plane geometry test. Overall, he seemed to understand the material. I'll be sending him some more practice material for next session, as well as an math reference/worksheet and some more clarification on who vs. whom."
"The student and I worked on math and critical reading problems together. I emphasized strategies for approaching the vocab items and reinforced the active reading strategies she already uses for passage questions. The biggest challenge for her right now is the math section, which requires her to constantly do problems that she has never seen before. We will continue to practice this next week."
"For this session, the student and I started with a math section (section 5 in test 7 of the blue book). From there we moved onto a full length reading session with a long dual passage, then moved onto two short grammar sections. He has improved in both reading and grammar, and we'll both be focusing more on math going forward."
"We covered passage based questions and strategy for reading through the passages and taking down main points. I gave her extra practice with sentence completions and the advice to look up every word, so she starts to know the meanings of more words."
"Covered: SAT Reading. Checked Level A exercise 1. Completed and Checked Level A exercise 2. Completed Level B exercise 1. Went over answers by detailing how I found the answers in the passages. Checked and reviewed sentence completion homework. Seems to do very well."
"We covered approaches for the SAT essay in today's session. We went over diagrams that she can create to help her brainstorm before test day and be ready for any question asked. We studied the criteria for a well written essay, the procedure for writing it, and good examples. She is left with vocabulary study to review and making more diagrams, as well as preparing for the next lesson by identifying questions she has."
"The student did all of the homework I assigned him (a few reading passages), and memorized the words I asked him too. We started off with vocab and then went over the passages. He did really well with all of them. We went over it pretty quickly before we moved on to the essay. We read a little about what the graders are looking for first, then practiced planning and writing an essay."
"This was by far our best session! The student completed an entire practice SAT in the span of only a couple of days. We had plenty to ponder and discuss as we reviewed about half of the examination. He is doing quite well in mathematics. I reminded him to go over the most commonly used SAT words and to closely review the English portion of the SAT that encompasses the sentence completion. I also urged him to go over the guide to basic grammar rules that the authors have included in his text (neither/nor, subject/verb agreement, tenses, and so on)."
"The student and I reviewed the practice essay that she wrote on her own this past week. We reviewed some strategies for improving her essay writing and discussed various ways to go about answering the SAT essay questions. She and I also reviewed several math sections of the SAT and she is making great progress."
"Covered reading, sentence completion, math, and sentence correction from the diagnostic test. The student knows his math fairly well, and just needs to learn the SAT math problem "tricks." He is competent at the verbal sections."
"Today, we finished the chapter on graphing rational expressions and continued discussing the concepts needed to do so. We also talked about solving rational equations and finally, solving inequalities having rational and other uncommon forms. We moved to the next chapter and began discussing exponential and logarithmic equations and their graphs. This topic was new to the student but she understood it very quickly."
"Continued SAT with the student. She completed a number of arithmetic drills including distributive property, etc. At the end of the lesson I introduced her to the math practice website that I have access to from my previous school, and recommended she complete a number of the exercises related to the specific topics covered."