"For the student's final tutorial, we did an in-depth review of reading and writing skills for the SAT. These were the two areas she said she felt weakest, so I wanted her to leave our time together with these skills fresh on her mind.
We started right away with her writing a 25-minute essay to an SAT prompt. I quickly reminded her of the most important aspects of SAT writing before she began. Once she finished writing, we workshopped the essay. She was able to hear her words back as I read them and to stop me whenever she wanted to discuss strong or weak points. Through this exercise, she has very specific checkpoints to reach in her writing process. This should guide her through the 25 minutes of the essay efficiently. I have recommended that she start journaling so she can be more mindful of what she is reading, watching on TV and in movies, and experiencing between now and when she sits for the exam. This mindfulness will come in handy when she tries to articulate her perspective and to draw on different experiences (academic and personal) in her writing. Continuing to read good literature will give her inspiration to develop a stronger writing style and bring out her voice more.
Next, we worked through the general grammar practice test in preparation for the multiple choice writing questions on the SAT. The questions in this practice test span the mechanical concepts that the writing section tests, so he ability to identify them in the practice test will go a long way in preparing her. As we went through these questions, I reminded her of important test taking strategies, like trying to think of an appropriate sentence correction before reading through the answer choices. She answered 36 out of 38 questions correctly, so I am confident she has a strong hold on this portion of the exam.
Following this, we read through a reading comprehension passage and detailed the exact method she should use to go through this section in an empowered and focused way. The readings can be daunting, so I want her to feel empowered that she can consume all of the passages' information and filter out unnecessary details. I have recommended readings for her to attempt, so she can practice identifying comprehension concepts that recur on every SAT exam.
We ended the tutorial with a broad review of test taking strategies and preparation on the evening before and day of the exam. She knows she can contact me should she have any questions. It has been a pleasure working with her, and I am confident that our work and the reinforcement her schoolwork offers will make her more than ready to achieve her desired score."