Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We spent most of the session going over square roots in detail. I gave the student some homework on them and explained in depth what they signify, how to do arithmetic with them, how to simplify them, and what the notation means. We also did some other math problems for practice."
"The student did well on the practice exam section and seems to have a good foundation in math. We worked well together on arithmetic, interest, and graph interpretation. Next time we will be working from a different book and will be focusing more on the test-taking strategies she can perform to increase her test performance."
"We reviewed the exam vocabulary we memorized last time and added additional words. The student also worked on practice sentence completion questions. The student then got acquainted with the writing sections and we worked on some identifying sentence error questions together."
"During our last session we reviewed the quantitative comparison section of the exam, went through all the practice tests, and then spent additional time reviewing triangles. With the last half hour we returned to synonyms and the student completed two more practice tests."
"Started with a math review and the student quickly solved the problems. We moved on to science and that section is still slightly frustrating for her, although she has gotten better. She needs to focus on paying attention to the details and simply answering the question. I think she will greatly improve in this area in the next week."
"Today the student and I continued going over practice sections in the book. She continues to excel in reading, missing only a few questions per section. With math she's been good. I had her note down some key concepts. I assigned more work for the next session."
"The student really impressed on his first full, timed attempt at the science section. He missed just one question from those he was able to answer in time, leaving 5 unanswered at the end, leading to an estimated score of about 28. He would have missed just one of the remaining questions; clearly, accuracy is not an issue! But we will definitely return to the science section for time improvement. Turning to the English test, we broke the process up into passages so that I could give him feedback on his answer choices and evaluate weak areas in the moment. He ended up needing to go over time to finish the final passage, but including this omission, he only missed 17 questions for his first try (about a 25 scaled score). Timing is still the main issue in all sections we have looked at. He'll be completing the math section of his second practice test before the next session, when we'll take a closer look at his results and hopefully draw conclusions about some strategies for time budgeting."
"We spent today's session going over a diagnostic exam to determine how the student could improve his time. He got few questions wrong on the test and answered all 60 questions in under an hour, so we were looking for specific questions that could be done more efficiently. We went question-by-question over the diagnostic and he explained his process for answering each question. Despite having a quick time on this practice exam, his speed on the full-length practice tests he has been doing in his workbook has been not where he wants it- because of this, we decided that he should take a second diagnostic exam to identify areas of weakness that this test didn't cover. He plans to take a second practice test between now and our next session as well, which may help us identify areas of weakness. Depending on the results, we will begin working on specific skills relating to the question types he has trouble with."
"The student and I started off today going over her ACT English and Reading homework. After that, I proctored her through an abridged test on which she scored a 28 composite, helped by a perfect run in Science. We did an additional Math set, and she improved her performance significantly. For next time, I have assigned some extra Reading practice."
"We worked primarily on punctuation errors for the writing section, as well as some subject-verb agreement and modifier questions. The student has a very strong grasp here, so I'm going to try to raise the difficulty of questions we work on going forward. For math, we covered solving for the domains of various functions, simplifying fractions with negative exponents, and solving word problems with inequalities and ratios."
"Today we worked on several free-response questions, reviewing several essential formulas (e.g. quadratic, distance, difference of squares, and combination/permutation). I will be emailing her 2 sections for her to do on her own, which we will review Friday before we move onto SAT writing."
"Today the student and I worked on the English section of a practice ACT for her first session. She told me that she struggles more with English and Reading than she does with Math. She was tripped up by some questions but she quickly understood where she went wrong. The goal will be to get her more comfortable with the passages and the grammatical questions that come along with them."