Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student is gaining confidence by continuing to practice SAT problems and utilizing test taking strategies and talking through her thought process/elimination process."
"Both students had taken three sections timed, so we used these to get a baseline score and review areas of difficulty. Their biggest deficit was in vocabulary; they had guessed many of the reading questions due to not knowing the words. We created a vocabulary sheet based on words they had not known in the practice test and covered definitions, mnemonic devices, and images for all of the words. We covered these at the beginning and end of the session, and they had retained it well to the end. Most of the math problems missed were because they either gave up without trying anything or made a small computing error. Both girls complained of losing focus during this part of the test. I suggested that they give themselves as much stimulus as possible during test breaks and bring something they can fidget with during the test without distracting themselves or others. I pushed them to keep trying on several problems after providing a guiding prompt. They still needed guidance through several problems, but I think they both knew more than they had given themselves credit for. Their homework was to find a subtle fidget toy and quiz each other on vocabulary words. We also discussed general tips for the test day."
"This was our first session working together. We worked on Writing section problems and Math problems together for a majority of the time. The student is struggling in Writing with recognizing agreement errors, especially subject-verb (number) agreement and pronoun parallelism agreement. For Math, she and I are working out ways to remember formulas/ the structure to working out word problems. For arithmetic she does well, but once the problem starts adding in different phrases/ ways of wording the problem it becomes hard for her to approach the problem."