Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"After working together for a bit, we came up with a new strategy for the student, in terms of reaching his goals over all. If he aims for a 500 in critical reading, and a 600 in math, he can achieve the 1100 he wants overall. He aced a math section, and for tomorrow, we're going to work on some harder math problems, to see if we can bump that part of the score up even higher."
"In this session we focused on topics from algebra 1 and 2. The student is familiar with and works quite well with most of these topics. My job here will mostly be trying to develop better study and work habits, as the math itself does not appear to be much of an issue. Next session we will cover some geometry as these are often the hardest problems on the SAT math section, but if the pattern continues I don't anticipate any major problems."
"Today we used the online tools to go over reading comprehension, on which the student has made good improvement. For the rest of the time, we went over different identifying sentence error questions from easy to hard. I gave him some content reading/questions to do for next time and asked him to finish a whole test with each section timed."
"Worked on math focusing on equations, fractions and functions. The student took the SAT on Saturday and his focus now is on the ACT in January. He demonstrates good use of his math skills to work through problems, even ones he has not encountered before."
"We went over practice questions that they tried but were unable to do. We solved them and went over some additional examples using the question pool. This was the first session, so any progress will be noted from now on. The student is pretty solid on many topics, during test taking, I think it will just come down to time and recalling the information quickly. I will send additional materials through email. There were no concerns."
"In this session, the student and I focused on the critical reading and writing sections. For critical reading, I had her do a couple of passages out loud, talking through why each answer was correct or incorrect. This helped me understand her thought process while working passages and also what strategies she's employing and which seem to be helping or hurting. After the first passage, I gave her a few pointers and had her practice another passage to see if the strategy tips helped at all. Afterwards, we moved on to the writing section. I began by reviewing 2 types of questions that are frequently seen on the SAT Writing section. I have a list of 10 that we will go through gradually. After the mini lesson, I gave her several example questions that demonstrated those topics. In addition, I asked her to study 20 vocab words that I'll quiz her on this Thursday."
"We did Algebra, Sentence Completion, Passage-Based Reading, and Improving Sentences problems from the SAT prep guide's practice tests and I asked the student to do a Math, Critical Reading, or Writing section from her study guide a day for our next session."
"The student and I had a great 2 hour session covering physics in preparation for his upcoming exam. He is improving on a key factor that will be required for the test: speed; we finished 53 problems today from his practice book. Overall, a very satisfactory session."
"Today's session showed marked improvements in the student's coursework and confidence. She knows all her materials. I am very confident that she will perform well on the exam. I set up a schedule of full scale practice exam so that she gets her endurance and her time management in an exam simulation. This way we will have her ready before the 7th of November."
"The student and I continued working on the English release test. She was to complete an practice for homework. We then read two more stories from the release test, and she did well with the questions that followed. She did great on the questions that followed so it didn't seem to affect her understanding. I gave her homework to complete by Monday: write 10 current events and be able to explain them and write for 5 minutes each day."
"The student and I worked on his calculus assignments of related rates. Once we both understood the concept, it was easy going as they were simple concepts to understand. There were a few steps that simply needed to be applied to each problem. Identifying the known variables, rates of change, and rate of change to be found. Then an equation needs to be constructed or found that relates all quantities needed. We then needed to differentiate both sides with respect to time. We then substituted the known rates and quantities in for the variables. Using the equation, then the wanted rate could be found."
"The students and I had a very good session today, working just on the math section. We reviewed some general concepts, then slowly worked our way through some practice problems. I had them each try to solve the problem on their own, at their own pace, and then we went over it together. They were very focused."