Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered sentence completions and the student got the reasoning and strategy down really well. We worked on vocab and figuring out words from their roots. He will take a full-length practice test for next time."
"First, I returned the students last practice test. He showed great improvement, with a 520 in math and a 470 in critical reading. He continues to struggle in writing, so we will focus more on that in our next few sessions. We reviewed more tips to improve his essays which will also help his writing score. During the session we worked on two sentence completion sections together. We added many words to the students word list, and I encouraged him to continue reviewing these. He has a practice test that he will take this coming Saturday, and I will send him more sentence correction passages to work on before our next session."
"For this session, we briefly went over a section of math and a section of critical reading in one of the practice tests before moving on to the writing practice tests online. The girls spent quite a while working through each problem in the error identification section, but had quite a bit of difficulty, especially with plural/singular verb conjugation when the verb was distant from the subject in the sentence structure. The questions on major tests avoid tense errors, and focus instead on conjugation and subject/verb agreement, which was confusing for the girls. We then went on to practice the sentence correction, with little improvement. We finished by looking briefly at the vocabulary lists, and discussing methods of study for them."
"We spent most of the session on critical reading. She is starting to use the strategies we went over more efficiently. Sometimes she uses answer choices to interpret the passage rather than interpreting the passage to arrive at an answer. If she sticks to the methods we have been discussing, this should be less of a problem."
"We went over the student's practice problem homework, mostly math, and did more practice. I asked her to do an entire timed practice test, including the essay, over the weekend for next week's session which is our last before the SAT."
"We did a vocabulary quiz that I had made over some challenging words from last session. Then we went over the essay she wrote and the vocabulary section she had done. We did more paragraph level reading and then some arithmetic. She is going to write an essay and study more vocabulary for our next session."
"In today's session, we focused on both the Math and Writing subsections of the SAT. We reviewed the practice essay assigned from last session. The student did a significantly better job on this section writing a well unified essay with specific supporting examples. We also completed a number of practice questions on improving sentences and identifying sentence errors. In the Math section, we focused on a number of more challenging word problems and utilized strategies of backsolving and picking numbers for difficult questions. We also focused on drawing figures and estimating from diagrams for geometry problems (when drawn to scale). For next session, he will complete a full length practice exam from the SAT study guide. We will review this on our next session."
"The student and I worked through many of the sections of practice test 10. She is doing well and improving on the vocabulary questions. I think she has the tools to maximize her potential in SAT preparation."
"We covered section 2 of the practice test 1, the odd numbered questions. The student had answered most of them on her own, so we reviewed the ones she did answer and went through the others together. I then gave her 25 minutes to work on section 4, another math section and we went through them together and checked the answers. We then repeated the process with section 6, except for the last 4 questions, which I then left for her as homework until our next session."
"Today's session was a split between the writing portion and the math portion. I administered a timed writing exercise, allowing the student to fully write an entire essay. Then we read through it, while making editions and revisions as he saw fit. I walked him through several tactics on how to tackle the crucial parts of the essay. As time permitted, we continued on with math practice questions. I ended the session with two particular tasks I asked of him. By the next time we meet, he is to have 5 quotes pulled from any resource of his choice, and 10-15 conclusion words and/or synonyms for "however.""
"We continued working on math today. We actually did some timed practice sections, then went over them together. The student finished the first section easily and with time to spare. He has also been studying the vocab."
"We worked on the writing and reading section. Huge improvements on the verbal section, parallelism, dangling modifiers, and subject-verb and subject-adjective agreement on the writing section."