Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered SAT Geometry problems involving special right triangles (30-60-90 and 45-45-90), circles inscribed in squares, how to determine the area of the shaded region of a circle, etc. I asked the student to continue doing 20 minutes a day of geometry flashcards for next time."
"She is studying for the SAT Math I so we focused on the concepts on the exam. First, we covered the format and types of questions. Then we practiced integer and operations questions for 2 hours and algebra questions for 2 hours. The questions built on each other and used similar concepts -- for instance, I chose questions in the algebra section that had different kinds of factoring, so she could see it in action and learn the different kinds."
"First, we briefly went over the few questions she had missed in the writing multiple choice. In general, she did very well on these and understood where she had made mistakes. We then went over essay writing and she practiced two prompts. I critiqued both afterward. They both were good."
"This was a review session to prepare the student for her SAT exam next week. Today we worked a lot on Math to review concepts and building her confidence in approaching problems. We did so by assisting her finding different ways to conceptualize problems so that they aren't math in her head, but a different concept or idea that ties in mathematical processes. We also reviewed some more vocabulary and how she should read and approach problems with words she isn't exactly sure about. We went over how to use phonetics to guess the feel/definition of a word. We reviewed a grammar section to reinforce how to fix grammar questions - fix it in her mind first, then identify a similar answer. She's improved a lot since we first started meeting and is nearing her 1700+ goal."
"We covered SAT Math - Fractions, Rates, Ratios, and Algebra. The student seems to be more comfortable with fractions and ratios now than she was last week. She is having some trouble setting up more complicated equations for in the algebra section. I asked her to complete the algebra problems in her SAT prep book, and to do some geometry problems and critical reading review in preparation for her next lesson."
"The student is very strong in all subjects but has some room for improvement in sentence completions and reading comprehension, so we focused a bit on that. We are going to schedule a time for a full-length practice test soon."
"The student and I worked on the reading section, specifically sentence completions and definitions within sentences. We then went on the math section of the SAT, working on algebraic equations and then geometric ones. It was another good session today."
"We worked through a few reading and writing sections in his practice books-choosing the best correction for the sentence, passage comparison, long passages, and selecting vocab words. I really made him focus on only taking his answers directly from the text and making sure their is text to support the answer he chooses. He did really well at this. I left his with one longer passage comparison to do for next time."
"He took a practice test since our last meeting and we went over the questions he got wrong. He is doing well on the sections. We need to work on taking the time to examine each question fully, especially since he generally has time left over. He is very strong on the math sections and is most worried about the critical reading passages and time management. I suggested that he start taking time to read news articles or pieces from the New Yorker website to practice reading topics that he's not already familiar with. This should also help him on his essay grammar and structure. Before next meeting, he will do another practice test and do more passages practice. At this point, most of the focus is going to be on the passages."
"The student and I did an extensive concept review of graphing linear functions. We talked about possible test questions that can stem from graphing these. We also discussed how to approach the test with confidence, not give too much weight to difficult questions, and move on from one section to the next. She is taking the SAT on Saturday and should feel confident in her ability to think through problems and use guessing techniques. If she would like to schedule another session on Thursday, please let me know before the end of the day on Tuesday. We discussed a study plan for this week. She should do math concept review and make flashcards for associated formulas. She should also continue to drill vocabulary."
"We went over test taking techniques, then did a practice section, and went over the answers. We talked about how test-taking techniques and problem difficulty are individual. We talked about properly reading questions. She needs extra practice, mostly to reinforce her knowledge. She has some practice problems to do for homework and report back any issues."
"Today we practiced the strategies we learned last time on the reading section, and then took a diagnostic so we can start on the math section. The student seems to be doing better on the passage-based questions and continues working on the sentence completion questions. I gave him no extra practice and I have no concerns."