Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we went over a diagnostic I gave her last week. We reviewed the Law of Cosines, trigonometric square functions, manipulating conic functions, and logarithms. Afterwards, we worked on another diagnostic exam problem by problem. I would ask her how to do to it and walk me through it. I'm having her redo it to review the topics covered."
"We focused exclusively on math. We reviewed the most difficult problems that came up during the practice test, i.e. using radii of multiple circles to figure out the probability of hitting a dark vs. light ring, using algebra and variables to extrapolate equations of lines and graphs, and using our own values to figure out which group of variables are the right answer."
"In this session, the student and I began by reviewing the sentence completion problems he completed for homework. She did a very good job on these. Next, we began working on the grammar multiple choice. She learned new strategies for improving sentences problems, identifying sentence error problems, and the improving paragraphs section, and we practiced each of these by completing a number of practice problems together. The student picked up these strategies very quickly and became noticeably more comfortable with them over the course of the session. For homework, she will complete Chapter 13 (pgs. 189-195). In our next session, we will go over this homework and begin working on the essay section."
"I worked with the student for the first time on SAT prep. She scored ~40% on the Critical Reading diagnostic test I had sent her, so we focused on humanities passage-based reading strategies which includes looking for key words from the answers in the passage. She scored much better, about 90%, when we worked through it together. We also covered some geometry as she hasn't taken it for 3 years and is retaking precalculus right now."
"The student and I worked on the math section of the SAT, trying to find problems that confused him or that he found difficult to answer. We also worked on a reading section and discovered that vocabulary is an area we need to focus on."
"During this session, the student and I focused on Writing and Math. Before diving in, I had her take a vocab quiz. We then began with a review of 2 more common types of grammar questions asked on the SAT, with tips on how they present themselves and how they might trick you. We then looked at some examples before moving on to the essay. We went through 2 of the essays she's written thus far and identified areas we'd work on improving, which included the opening paragraph, topic sentence into her 2nd and 3rd support paragraphs and the conclusion statements. We worked out templates for each problem area. Finally, we worked on math and started going through all the math problems for review."
"Today, the student and I reviewed her homework assigned last session. We spent an equal amount of time on critical reading, math, and writing, and did overall concept review as well. I left her with homework in all 3 sections as well as vocabulary studying."
"We spent the session on a general review of the material for her upcoming physics SAT 2 exam. This included completing practice questions and reviewing topics as they came up. In particular, I introduced some basics of relativity, which is testing on the exam but was not covered in her physics course. We will have one more session before he exam."
"This session, we heavily focused on math and also did a bit of writing. The student performed excellently in all areas once again. I am highly confident he will perform very well on his SAT!"
"Today we conducted a baseline diagnostic for the student in the SAT Math. We also drilled SAT Writing and reviewed the most commonly tested SAT Writing rules. We spent a short amount of time discussing the ACT and exploring differences between the two tests."
"The student worked really hard today. I like that he is always so present during our meetings. Now he can use the lessons learned today when he takes the PSAT this week. I think he'll have surprisingly good results."
"I quizzed the student over SAT vocabulary, and he is doing good with memory. He took a practice reading section and showed improvement. Then he took a practice essay section and did very well. I left him with homework for the following session."