Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered the small writing section that I left them as homework to begin. We went over the answers, and had 3 wrong answers which we then reviewed quickly. We then covered section 7 on the practice test #1, a mathematics section. We went over and reviewed all of the questions together. Together, we had zero wrong answers and the students did very well grasping concepts in that section. I left them sections 8 and 9, which are the final 2 sections on the test, as homework."
"Today the student worked on error identification in the writing section and student produced responses in the math. He has significantly improved with the error identification, and tends to get 2-3 wrong."
"The student and I met today to cover another Math Level 2 practice test and went through more than 40 problems on it. More specifically, we went into topics of permutations and combinations, asymptotes, and log identities. I further focused and promoted the use of a calculator, especially for graphing, to help speed up his test taking process. Overall, a great session."
"We began by reviewing the vocabulary I had assigned last time. He seemed to have a difficult time with this batch of words, so we spent some time discussing the importance of the vocab and the need to continue to focus on it (even though we are focusing on other aspects). We then reviewed his homework essay, and I was pleased with the results! The body of the essay was very well written; however, he seemed to struggle a bit more with the introduction and conclusion of the essay, so we spent some time talking about how to develop those parts. We then spent the remainder of our time together in this session to discuss the issue of timing. After some discussion about the issue, we worked through a timing exercise with a practice section of problems. I think that we made some progress on this issue, but as we are mostly finished reviewing concepts and approaches by this point, timing-related issues will be our primary focus going forward."
"The student did 4 math sections today, and scored PERFECTLY on two of them, which is a first! He is working to find an equilibrium between going too fast and going too slow, and seemed to find it perfectly on the last two we did today. Problems that he is not used to (logic problems and such) can be difficult for him, but we are working to find ways to fight through them and find creative ways to solve them."
"We focused, once again, on purely math and reading, going through two sections of reading and one of math. He is strong at easy-medium vocabulary, and just needs to continue to brush up on the more obscure vocabulary from the list I've sent him. With the passages, he should continue to practice finding direct support for his answers, and not using partial answers as final choices. With math, he continues to be strong in the easy-medium problems, and just needs to continue practicing the difficult (#15-20) problems. This weekend and next week, he should do as many practice sections as he can and understand why if he misses any question."
"The student will take the PSAT in less than three weeks, and plans to take the ACT and SAT in the next year. We went over the differences between the three tests, and spent most of this session reviewing for the PSAT. I gauged her strength with different math questions, and determined that we will mostly need to review geometry (which she took several years ago). She should also complete more critical reading, vocabulary, and writing questions on her own time to get accustomed to the types of questions she will face on the test. This week, her homework is to complete a practice test I assigned, to get used to the test format and to help me determine where she needs the most help."
"Today I helped the student with more test prep for the state assessment, both through practice problems and flash cards. We went through several pages of problems similar to those on the assessment, walking through each step and having him explain his thinking. On problems that he guessed on, I explained what to do and he would repeat the problem and get the correct answer. To change things up, I took flashcards that I made over the past sessions and we went through them. These cards covered many math terms, including geometry, linear and quadratic and statistics terms. He seems to be improving, and we will keep focusing on terms and math problems he has issues with."
"We worked on a bit of everything, but mostly Algebra and Critical Reading. The student did very well on practice problems I assigned. She said she needs work to understand percents, but she seems to know them very well."
"Focused on the Critical Reading and Writing sections of the SAT, focusing on vocabulary, sentence completion, and sentence correction. For the most part, the student seems to have a good understanding in all areas, though vocabulary and sentence correction could use some more work."
"Since math is the student's biggest concern, we had a math-centric session. We finished correcting the practice test from last session, then delved into practice tests on arithmetic, graphing/functions, and geometry. These were all hard-level problems and the method of approaching the problem initially stumped the student, but once she gets in the groove the problems come much more easily. She is best with visual math like graphing and geometry, and the algebraic formulas are coming to her. I assigned a few more practice tests in math and some vocab exercises to help with reading."
"I gave the student a vocab quiz and went over her most recent essay. She has shown a lot of improvement on explaining her ideas and writing intro paragraphs. We then jumped right into math, finishing up the example problems we had left off on and moving into algebra. We worked through a lot of problems and highlighted important formulas and ideas. We then started going through the critical reading section for long passages and talked about strategies."