Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Gave the student an SAT "top 100" vocabulary list with definitions to study to help with the sentence completion problems. Completed a math section - the student is showing gradual improvement, but still sometimes stalls when she's unsure how to start a problem. Also worked on Reading - for the most part she's only missing the harder questions. Emphasized anticipating an answer and eliminating wrong choices to help narrow it down to the best. Completed a timed 10-minute Writing section, which she finished in 8 minutes and got 12/14 right, and practiced outlining a response to a sample essay prompt."
"The student and I completed our final SAT session together, covering all sections of the SAT. I've been very impressed by her hard work over the past month. She's consistently breaking 2100 and 2200, and it's just a matter of time before she breaks through the plateau."
"The student and I began our session by covering English passages. I can see improvements in the student's analysis of the passages, especially the mechanics portion where she was struggling the most. We also went through several math questions that the student completed. The student is also improving in math. She is really seeing the patterns in ACT Math. She is able to locate the givens and map out how to solve the problem and find a solution."
"Today we discussed and finished the section sequences. We talked about finding partial sums of arithmetic and geometric series and the conditions on which infinite geometric series converge. We also started and worked on several problems in the section on mathematical induction."
"In our first session together, the student and I primarily focused on the writing section of the test. We first worked on the essay, using the PIE (Point, Illustration, Explanation) planning strategy. She seemed to like this strategy and picked up on it fairly quickly. We also covered a portion of the writing section, which she seemed to be fairly comfortable with so far. Because we were able to work through this section fairly quickly, we then moved on the critical reading's vocabulary section."
"The student and I reviewed her homework from our last session. Overall, she understands the materials covered. For homework, I assigned her test 3 (all the reading and writing sections)."
"Today was our first session, so we went through a lot of the student's prep so far. He is an excellent student with a very promising college application. He aspires to achieve a perfect score on his test, and has been scoring within reach of that goal. He is reviewing the math concepts, as it has been a long time since he learned most of these concepts. We discussed a good strategy between now and his exam in the beginning of October, including taking full length exams each Saturday to simulate the real test. He will be sending me a practice essay for me to grade- we will review this before our next session."
"We covered general math strategies today and practiced them in both test books. We also covered when to use a calculator and when and how to guess on tough problems. He was given practice homework of section 7. If he practices, he will do well!"
"The student and I reviewed the practice sections that she had completed since our last meeting. She was able to buy a new test book and will now be able to practice complete tests. She is making good progress and is able to see where she is making errors on her own. She will complete another practice exam before our next meeting."
"Today the student and I worked more on reading than we have previously. He's become quite proficient in math but seems hesitant about his reading answers. I sense that he finds the questions a little subjective, so I've been working to point out to him how they can usually be drawn directly from the text. He has been making good use of the elimination method this way."
"Today with the student , we covered some good study guides for exam vocabulary words, as well as reviewing more math concepts and rounding it out with some essay-writing and formatting skills. We worked primarily on one of the essays, where I was trying to demonstrate how real-world knowledge and experience not only assists one when crafting an essay, but can be crucial to the entire process. We also went over the harder math problems in his work book. We also reviewed angles, triangle properties, and algebraic properties (e.g. factoring, proportions, variable manipulation). As an assignment, I let him know that he needed to go over the exam vocabulary words (a minimum of 25 words a day) as well as completing the essay and three other tests by the end of next week."
"For this lesson, the student and I went over all three sections of the test. We talked about strategies and approaches, grammar concepts, etc. By the end of the lesson, the student had improved a lot from the practice test she had completed before our meeting. For the next lesson, I left her with problems she can work on for each of the three sections."