Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over percentages using a practice test. He grasped the general concepts well. There were a few tricky problems that we worked through more slowly. I feel that after this session he should be capable to get any questions of this type correct on the test."
"We went over a practice test that he took and explained the little nuances that he missed. For grammar, I had to tell him to slow down and be wary of pronoun-antecedent agreement and flow of logic/what a verb or adverb is referring to and if it logically fits. I reminded him of FANBOYS and commas. Overall, he's consistently scoring at an average of 2300, and scored over 2350 twice, so I'm confident in his abilities."
"After discussing the student's strengths and weaknesses from the college entrance exam, we focused on math tactics and strategies. We also went over the general layout of the exam and a few general tips for it. We worked through a practice math section and then went on to the open-ended questions. We reviewed percentages and she started getting the hang of it. I will make sure she is extremely comfortable working with percentages by the time she takes the test. I also suggested a few materials that I think will be very helpful for her. I insisted that she work on three practice math sections throughout the week before we meet again so we can review any issues that she had."
"Today I marked the student's first full length practice college entrance exam. Her score was okay and it is a good foundation to build upon. We went through the exam and made sure she understood it. She has a good foundation of the material and we will be continuing with doing more full length exams and going deeper into exam techniques and "hacks" so that she can do the exam sections more efficiently and carefully."
"We covered college entrance exam prep math/geometry. We discussed parallel and perpendicular lines, and finding line equations. She seemed to become more proficient as we practiced more."
"Today was my first session with the student. We began with five sentence completion questions and then began a vocabulary word list that we will expand during each session. We then completed one math session. We reviewed 30, 60, 90 triangles and function questions, which we went over in depth. We then did some writing practice, which proved to be his best subject. I told him to do some reading comprehension questions and passages in between sessions. There were no concerns from this session. Our next session will be on Saturday at 11AM."
"The student is taking the college entrance exam on November 8. She expects to do well in math and writing, and would like to review some critical reading, including vocabulary questions. We spent some time going over vocab words. We found a great resource to see example sentences for words online. We also spent some time talking about the essay. While she had discussed it in class, we decided to spend some time going over samples of strong essays, and understanding the difference between a 5 and a 6 essay. Next time, we'll continue to read examples and do some practice on writing."
"This week we covered more writing and moved on to math. In the math section we focused on integers, operations, algebra, and functions. He is improving in identifying sentence errors. I walked him through examples of improving sentences on their own (practicing specific skills like eliminating redundancy) and then moved on tackling whole paragraphs. In the math section we talked through the concepts and then practiced them. I assigned him work to look at one practice test and do a timed essay, all the passage-based reading questions (to review from last week), and the math sections. We will go over the answers when we meet next week."
"Today we went through the student's diagnostic tests, and analyzed his strengths. We also looked at a practice test together, and worked out a study plan. He has math problems to complete for next week, and we will spend that time reviewing the concepts we covered today."
"I had asked the student to do a practice test before we met. We went over the critical reading section that he completed and talked about strategies for dealing with each question type. I asked him to use online sources to study vocab and to also get in the habit of looking up words he can't define as he's reading for school/fun. We also looked over the bit of the math section he had completed. It looks like he is strong on the easy-medium types of questions and maybe just needs more practice with the test in general to get used to the problem format."
"We covered an overall review of studying for and preparing for the SAT. We also completed our vocabulary review. The student is to bring final questions with him for the last session next week, as he is taking the test after that. He is to continue his vocabulary review."
"The student and I had our first session. It went very well; he is a very strong student. We started with the critical reading section and made great progress. We were able to cover all the explanatory material for this section."