Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We did one practice essay, one critical reading section and one writing section. Of the two, the student's writing section scores have improved the most. He is up to a 70-80% accuracy rate, which will trend toward the higher 500s on test day. His essay will be a big portion of the writing score total. His last essay ranked around a 2-3 (out of 6) range. This essay was an improvement."
"I started off our session today with some more organization tips for the student, whose backpack had reverted to the messy state it was in before our last session. We then talked about his classes; he is performing strongly in Astronomy and Composition, and he does so well in Algebra 2 that the teacher calls on him often to get correct answers. Hopefully this high-achievement will continue, but that remains to be seen. We then proceeded with his World Studies review for the upcoming quizzes and chapter test; researching some statistics for a homework assignment along the way. We have completed the chapter review entirely now, and I wrapped up today by giving him some advice about research sources. Next week, we've agreed on a Sunday meeting to accommodate my Labor Day work schedule."
"Today, the student and I went over some basic arithmetic and Algebra, to make sure he was on track. The student did really well, out of the 45-50 problems. The student missed 3 total. Very impressive, it was basic stuff, but still, very well done. "
"Initially we went over the content of the SAT test, the raw and scaled grading scheme including the penalty for guessing, followed by general testing strategies. We covered some of the strategies that are unique to the different sections. We went over essay-writing strategies and well as the best approach for tackling questions in the reading section. Lastly, we worked on a bit of the math section. The student will be completing the practice and doing a diagnostic this upcoming week."
"At our session we talked about the homework. I learned that the student does not seem to have any issues with the sentence completion questions so we will not focus on those too much in the future. Then we spent the rest of the time working out math problems. She did not have time to do the first practice test this past weekend so she is planning on taking it this coming weekend."
"Worked with the student - began assessing target areas in math and reading comprehension. General testing strategies to improve timing in sections. Next session to include: basic trigonometry, antonym & simile strategies."
"This session began with the student and I reviewing a writing piece they'd previously written. We then began to explore the use of color a bit further. We integrated sensory details into a new piece. The student did a great job during this session!"
"Today we reviewed some vocabulary words. We discussed ways he can relate the definition to the word to make easier to remember. We also discussed looking for root words or parts of words he knows in order to decipher the meaning. I then timed him on a Math section. He did well. He also worked on a mechanics practice exercise, we will work on grammar more in the next session."
"We continued the conversation on diene chemistry, looking at specific problems. We also started addressing aromatic chemistry of benzene and benzene derivatives, in particular directing groups and resonance contributions to intermediates. We will do some review next session of particular problems, then move on to aldehyde/ketone chemistry."
"The student and I reviewed the math section of her practice test, going over each question in detail. She is doing really well and is able to solve complex problems. She still needs some refreshers on basic concepts and different explanations to fit her style."
"We started with the reading, as that seems to be the area allowing for the most improvement. Prose is the most difficult passage type for the student, so we worked through two practice sections. He was able to answer a lot more correctly when I had him find evidence for his response in the passage. Then we shifted gears and worked through some English. There were some quick fixes that we found while going through his diagnostic, so applying that understanding of what the test is asking for in addition to filling any holes in grammar rules will help him a lot."
"This was an introductory session: The student and I discussed her classes, assignments, and what she hopes to achieve. She showed me some pieces she has written this semester, and we discussed her strengths and weaknesses as a writer. The student seems very driven. Her grades are great, but she has some insecurities about her writing and would like to improve. She does not have any issues getting over the initial hurdles of the writing process (i.e., she finds it easy to brainstorm ideas and to put them on paper), but she does not know how to edit her writing. We are going to work together to edit her papers so that she can feel comfortable editing her writing herself, and confident that the work she is turning in is good."