Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I had her look at some questions about the essay she read in the previous session. We talked about the importance of terms that are repeated in the essay. We talked about looking at the context of words and trying to find one that might sound or look like the one she is unsure of in order to try to make an educated guess at its meaning. We also worked on writing sentences for vocab words that she had. We worked on a third reading comprehension technique KWL, which she used on a short essay that she read. I then gave her an essay and asked her to use all of the techniques that we had been working on."
"Today we finished up the last Critical Reading section of the first practice test and began going through the math concepts list and examples from the test-prep book. The student did very well in reading and had a good grasp of every math concept. However, she struggled a bit on multi-step problems, which is not unusual. I left her with finishing the last few problems she did not get to in a math practice problem section. No concerns."
"The student is an aspiring aerospace engineer. He is looking to score above 2000s on his SATs. So far his previous scores range from 1700s-1800s. We solved some questions from each sections of the SATs to establish his baseline scores. He is strong in math but weaker in verbal and writing. I gave him a vocabulary list to go over next session and gave him two practice exams due by next session. He is a bright student. I hope to build his confidence and raise his scores by focusing on his weak points (verbal & writing)."
"I reviewed the Math sections from the advanced prep books that the two did for homework and answered any questions they had about the problems. Then we completed a reading section together, where we reviewed how to read the passages critically and find evidence to support answers for every question."
"We began with a practice math section to continuously strengthen the student's problem-identifying skills. She did well here and just needs to continue practicing the more difficult problems throughout the summer. We then finished up reviewing grammar rules, such as active voice, subjunctive mood, past perfect tense, idioms, and more. She was quick to apply the rules to associated problems in error ID / sentence improvement. We finished off with two practice writing sections and a set of vocabulary questions. She had no issues with speed and only erred on the more difficult/subtle questions. As she continues to practice, she will have these errors memorized. I recommended that she attempt an entire practice SAT in order to see where her baseline score is currently at."
"The student and I reviewed some more vocabulary questions from a practice test. We first went over the questions that she did for homework, and we then continued on with others. I mentioned to her that she should first pick a word to put into the blank and then look at the answer choices to see what words could match. I also told her that she should probably take a practice SAT test (either from her book or online) in order to judge where she is. She told me that she gets extra time, so I suggested that the book might be easier so that she can time herself. I assigned her some additional vocabulary questions for next week and mentioned that we would go over the critical reading passages."
"Math (Laws of Arithmetic, Algebra, Strategic Algebra, Exponents, Plugging-in). Assigned: 4 sections on PSAT test, 2 Practice SAT tests (without essay). Also if he finished early that he could go on to Practice Test 3 in the SAT book."
"The student and I met for our first session of tutoring. We went over all three sections of the test so I could get a sense of where he is at. When going over math he was able to understand my teaching fairly quickly and apply it with my help. We also went over reading and grammar. He still needs a lot of help in both, but I will strive to improve his performance. If he puts in the necessary work, it should get better."
"The essay the student had for me today is definitely the best one she has written so far. Its thesis did not disagree with itself anywhere, so that was a definite plus. We spent the rest of the session going over reading comprehension passages. Although I still had to explain a few of the answers to her, she did say that she is getting better at answering these type of questions overall. At the end of the session I went through a word list that one of her practice SAT books has in it, and picked out some of the more important words for her to make flash cards out of for next week. She had already begun learning some of the words, so thumbs up to her. Her homework, other than learning the new vocab, is to write another essay and continue reading the passages on grammar that I assigned yesterday."
"The student and I covered SAT critical reading by analyzing several passages. The student needs to practice this section and increase her understanding of vocabulary in order to get better. To that end, I have several practice passages that I will send her as homework."
"Today we continued working through the SAT Math Level 2 subject test that we started last week. Along the way I answered her questions and illustrated concepts, using additional problems to reinforce certain things that she was having trouble with, such as graphing and functions, log operations, manipulating fractions, and geometrical progressions. I left her with a few more problems from the test to work on."
"Completed a math and writing section of an SAT practice test to determine current level. Also completed part of a critical reading section. The vocab section of the critical reading section was not as strong, and we will work on that more next week with vocab flash cards."