Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session, the student and I turned our attention to her weakest section, which is critical reading. We discussed various testing strategies, such as breaking down vocabulary words into their various parts, eliminating bad options, and underlining text to help with recall and comprehension. She is making progress in this area and I believe that we can work together to increase her confidence and skill level in these sections even more."
"We went over two diagnostics that I had the student do over the week. His scores are a bit concerning, but I'm having him review the concepts from worksheets, guides, and equation sheets that I gave him. For math, my rule for math is to never guess and to get as many right as you can. It's only right or wrong with math, so if he can't solve the problem, he should skip it. We reviewed some conics sections, formulating mental images of the situations of 3D questions, arithmetic sequences, function manipulation, and trigonometric functions. We also quickly discussed odd and even functions."
"In preparation for the SAT exam the student is going to take on Saturday, October 11th, I had her do 1 Math, 1 Critical Reading, and 1 Writing section from one of the practice tests from the study guide with the restriction that she had to skip 2 or 3 problems a section in a final effort to break my students of the bad SAT strategy of trying to answer every question; I believe that the restriction helped her to focus more on problems that she had a higher probability on getting right and helped her avoid problems she was likely to get wrong. I asked the student to do one section of a practice test a day."
"Prior to this session, I made a problem set consisting of problems that the student seemed to have trouble with in her practice exams regarding triangle lengths and angles, surface area, volume, graphing, equations with multiple variables, exponents, and logarithms. I had her explain her process of solving the problems as she was solving them. This seemed to help her feel more confident in approaching the problems. She is able to figure out the way to approach a problem faster than before we started our sessions. Currently, the student could use some more practice in solidifying the basics (logarithms, exponents etc.). She knows how to do them. She just needs to practice them more so she can remember them during testing situations. We talked about last minute preparation to further prepare her for the exam. I suggested she take the math sections of the exam in testing conditions. Review answers, and do a last minute review of the concepts in the incorrect questions."
"The student was well prepared for the session. She had already purchased an SAT workbook that highlighted key concepts for her. In addition to the text, she had provided her previous scores which showed that she needed assistance in mathematics. For our first session we simply did an overview of key points; the importance of definitions, the types of math problems that she will likely encounter most frequently on the SAT, and essay outline/writing techniques. I recommended that she purchase some SAT Flashcards, because her vocabulary is quite limited and she told me that she studied for other classes crafting and reviewing flashcards. We had agreed to meet this coming Saturday at 10 A.M. and she seemed satisfied both with my instruction and my advice."
"Today I met the student. She's been working hard on the SAT with another tutor until recently. Her math scores has gone up with his instruction. Now we are to focus on the English sections of the SAT. The sentence completion and the reading were the students most troublesome parts of her last test. We went over a few general tips and then she took at practice verbal test section and did very well on the reading and ok on the sentence completion. I thinking focusing on each paragraph's purpose helped her reading. Vocab is the biggest component of the other tricky area so we're building that actively."
"Today, the student and I first went over the practice math section that he had done. He had the most trouble with sequences and series, probability, and a few geometry problems. After reviewing these, we talked about the essay portion of his practice exam and of the SAT test in general. We practiced choosing a side and coming up with concrete examples to support our theses. Then, we briefly talked about strategies for the critical reading portion of the exam before moving on to do many practice problems on faulty comparisons."
"Today the student and I began by reviewing his strategies for the upcoming test and what he should do to mentally prepare for test day. He then worked a 25-minute math section and we reviewed the problems. Finally, the student and I worked a reading section together, which he did very well on (missing only three questions). We're meeting one more time on Wednesday and I'm excited to see how the student does on the upcoming test!"
"Today we had a very long session, covering questions 15-43 on the practice exam that the student purchased. These questions covered a wide range of topics that will be on the test, including both calculator- and non-calculator-based. She will attempt the rest of the problems tonight, review the problems we've already done and work on memorizing formulas and unit circle things. Tomorrow morning we will review any challenging problems and get her as prepared as possible for the test."
"The student and I began our session by reviewing the essay she sent to me. We discussed how the essay would be scored around a 4 or 5 on the SAT scale by explaining that while it was a good example in terms of it being specific to the prompt, it could have improved by going into a bit more detail. She appeared to understand my comments, and I have asked her to produce another essay for our last session if she has the time. After the essay, we moved onto the math section. While she answered most questions correctly, we discussed the one or two she got wrong. This led me to have a little section on permutations and combinations (one of the few areas she needed a little refresher on). After explaining to her how these two concepts work, she seemed very strong in understanding their application and how to execute them timely via a calculator instead of by hand."
"We went through a practice critical reading section. Then we really just talked about important strategies for the essay, the reading section, and the writing section. I explained to him what they were looking for on each section and tried to find specific examples. Then I had him give me examples so I made sure he understood."
"We reviewed the practice sections that the student had worked through. She's doing well on reading; she still misses some comprehension questions that I'd like to see her getting right. On math, we're seeing some improvement. When she misses problems, it's less often because she doesn't know how to work them and more often because she hasn't read the problem carefully. Her goal is to take time to really read over the problems before answering."