Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered the SAT Subject Test in Math Level 2 specifically for this lesson as the student is taking the SAT Subject Test. We went through and solved 30 questions while discussing and detailing the method used to solve them. A recurring theme for the student is that he should take time to read the question carefully and quickly understand what it is asking, and if he does not understand, skip the question and come back to it later if he has time. I feel that the student is adequately prepared to receive a good score on the test if he remembers to think outside of the box and try to use shortcuts whenever possible, while taking care to not make simple mathematical mistakes."
"The student and I focused on the writing section of the SAT for this session. Going through question by question in a practice exam, I wanted to point out to here the strategies for eliminating incorrect answers and well as explain the grammatical rational behind why certain answers were incorrect. This lead to a lesson on discussing gerunds, pronouns, and modifiers. I believe the student understood what I was expressing, and I think she'll do even better than she normally does on this section now that she has the tools to spot the areas that have given her some confusion in the past."
"We focused on both reading and math for this session. For the first half, the student and I went over the math practice problems that I had assigned her from her SAT workbook. During the second half, the student and I went over critical reading sections that she had completed for homework. We agreed to meet once more before her SAT exam."
"We talked a lot about strategies for completing the test, such as pacing and when to leave questions blank, versus answering them to minimize wrong answers. We talked about strategies and tips for each section of the SAT and took practice tests for the critical reading and math sections."
"In our previous session, the student had been given an entire practice test for homework. We started by scoring all sections. I was very pleased with her progress on the essay, as well as the multiple choice writing sections. She is also doing very well on the math sections. Her biggest issues were the critical reading sections. After we went over the few questions that she had missed on the writing sections (the math section was left for her math-only tutor, per her request), we focused heavily on the critical reading sections. With help, she seems to be making progress in this area. We will continue to work on building her confidence and independent abilities in this section."
"The student and I reviewed vocabulary to see how much progress he had made since last week. He has improved noticeably, though he does struggle a little when he is dealing with a time limit. We then worked on reading passages, and I gave him some tips on how to deal with those. He does really well with that when he takes his time reading the question. We then looked at the different writing portions of the SAT. I had him practice those, though he seems to be proficient at that already. I left him with a vocabulary book to look at with some important words, and assigned a few pages in his SAT practice book."
"Reviewed vocab words and roots, including playing with parts of speech (for example, changing nouns into adjective forms). The student did very well with recalling definitions and seemed to enjoy playing and transforming words. Reviewed and discussed a school assigned word list based around roots. Since it is a very good list, I assigned the student to study it carefully and assigned fewer of our own additional word roots than usual. Took timed Critical Reading sections and debriefed about strategy and problems Imogene had trouble with. The student seemed discouraged that she is not yet showing much improvement score-wise. However, I am encouraged by her progress with vocab and identifying her own problematic thinking patterns, such as choosing answers choices that *she* personally agrees with rather than ones that describe the *passage author's* point of view."
"We reviewed the si clauses we learned in the first lesson and went over her homework assignment, which was to use these si clauses in an essay. We then learned a third and final type of si clause, after reviewing the plus-que-parfait tense. We learned the theory of this tense, did some exercises, and then the student spoke for a bit in French using this construction. We finished with going over double negatives. I will provide her a worksheet on double negatives in preparation for our next session."
"We devoted most of today to discussing the practice SAT sections the student completed on homework. She earned a 5 out of 18 on the Math section: she made a few errors (practice writing out her work and using her calculator should fix these) but also benefited from some review of common concepts (Pythagorean theorem, equation of a line, etc.). Her Critical Reading score was stronger (14 out of 24), and we discussed the importance of finding evidence from the passage to support answers (and, in the end, going with her "gut" when she's not sure). We then went over basic strategies for the Essay and the Writing/Grammar sections, and the student will complete some Writing practice sections as homework for our next tutoring session."
"Today we started with the essay. We talked about what needed to happen and then practiced the planning period. I then had them write a timed essay. After this they did a timed math section, followed by some vocab. They take the SAT on Saturday."
"I started the session by discussing the several sections (Reading and Writing) the student had done for today. I then went over his vocabulary preparation and strategy, and advised him to learn words in groups of related meaning instead of in isolation since he indicated he was having trouble with retaining their meaning. I spent most of the session going through examples of the various types of writing questions, and specifically working on idioms and their applications."
"The student and I had a productive session, but she needs not to stress out on Saturday. When she's done with the test, she should let me know how it went, and then we'll figure out when to meet again to start working on the November test and her college essay."