Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We focused on Passage Based Reading and the students performance on PBR improved significantly after I suggested that she slow down her reading pace until she was actually absorbing the information in the passages. I asked her to do 20 minutes a day of PBR or Identifying Sentence Errors flashcards for next time."
"Tested a Critical Reading section of a sample SAT and corrected answers. Overall performance has improved from a 500 on the PSAT to a 580. Vocabulary is the biggest stumbling block. Recommended flash cards as a way to improve vocabulary knowledge."
"The student and I began practice math questions. We went over sample questions that she had done for homework, then we went over a sample section. She did well with the practice questions, especially regarding algebra. She had more trouble with geometry and questions that had the highest difficulty. I gave her practice questions to do in math and told her to do a sample English passage as well to prepare for the upcoming test."
"We began with a review of how to perform well on the writing section followed by a practice. Then we moved onto practicing critical reading sections that included vocab, passages, and grammar. While they silently attempted the sections, I graded their essays, which has shown great improvement since our first session. We then reviewed each section. I told them to practice a true test with all sections and time restraints over the next couple of weeks."
"We continued with math word problems and moved on to the quadratic formula, coordinate geometry, and absolute value. We worked more on reading comprehension and talked a lot the essay. We also went over the 25 literary terms that come up frequently on the SAT"
"The student and I worked on the writing section today by looking at identify the error type questions. The student has a sound basis for many of the complex relationships that involve tricky expressions, such as between vs. among, pronoun agreement, etc. He also, after explaining to him how to identify particular errors based on parts of speech, made great improvement in learning how to detect particular errors. One area where the student still needs some practice in is not dismissing the answer right away. Of the questions the student missed, the correct answers were ones that he immediately ruled out due to overlooking something. By doing more problems, the student should become better at avoiding the misstep."
"Today, we started by covering her homework. In terms of critical reading, she needs to develop vocab and work on retaining information from the reading passages. In terms of math, we just reviewed some complicated question types. In terms of writing, she needs to watch out for idioms, s/v agreement, and pronoun referents. Her essay was strong, but she needs to work on making sure the thesis and body paragraphs are tightly aligned."
"In between sessions, the student has been doing a really good job of going over practice exams on his own and picking out challenging problems for us to work on. His confidence has improved significantly since we started, as has his ability to identify strategies for math problems. Today we continued to work through problems from the math portions of the practice tests in the official study guide. Practice test #4 is particularly challenging, and we went over some difficult geometry, and covered strategies for combination problems with added restrictions, among other things. This is the students final session, and he is leaps and bounds ahead of where he was when we started. He is well prepared and confident, and I am expecting a significant score improvement."
"Today, the student and I focused on the essay. We discussed the prompts; who grades the essay; the structure and necessary components of a good essay; how to write a strong thesis statement; how to demonstrate critical thinking; and how to choose examples for the body paragraphs. We applied all of this by writing a skeleton of an essay together, placing particular emphasis on the most important components (i.e. the introduction, the examples chosen, the topic sentences of both body paragraph, and the conclusion). The student is already a very strong writer, so I focused on how to elevate an essay from a 4 to a 5 and from a 5 to a 6. For homework, he will compile a list of 5-10 examples that could apply well to any SAT essay prompt and research each of these examples."
"The student and I went over types of reactions and types of calculations involving percent composition and empirical formulas. We mainly focused on colligative properties of solutions, how to determine boiling point elevation and freezing point depression. We also discussed phase changes and the effects of vapor pressure on a solution. She created a list of common insoluble and soluble compounds, which she then used to answer sample practice questions from the practice book. For next time, she will have logged onto the site to take a practice test. We will work on thermodynamics and organic chemistry further."
"In today's session, the student and I discussed essays, grammar, and math. She wrote some practice essays in preparation for our meeting, and I saw a lot of progress! Most importantly, each paragraph began with a focused topic sentence. She does still need to work on her spelling and grammar as well as staying on topic. On the grammar section, she needs to remember to address the structure, rather than the content, of each sentence. Math-wise, I see some good improvement in her technique. We will continue to try to increase her speed as well."
"I took the student through a day of the test, and watched her take the exam to evaluate her test taking methods and strategies. I requested she take one last practice test before the actual assessment exam. No concerns, and hoping to hear great results from her score."