"The majority of our time during this session ended up being spent reviewing the math questions I had assigned her for homework from our previous session. Although I had not originally planned to spend as much time reviewing problems as we did, I felt that it ended up being very productive. The logic-based approach which we have been discussing over the last few weeks is not an easy thing to grasp, but it is probably the most important in SAT prep. I am very comfortable with the amount of time we spent reviewing the problems, not only because I think it clarified a few areas of math concepts that were still unclear, but because this approach is the single biggest thing the student still needs. It is very clear that there is no concept on the exam that she doesn't understand, but the biggest barrier to success for her is the HOW of approaching these questions. I think this is something we've focused on the last few sessions in a few different ways, and I think we made some more progress with it today.
After that portion of our work was done, we spent some time talking about actual test-taking strategy. We discussed the pros and cons of guessing and skipping questions, and I am confident that she now has an informed approach with how to deal with either of those things should the circumstance arise. Then we began to talk about time. I reinforced my point of view that a solid question-solving process (which we have been working on since the beginning) is the best way to use your time most efficiently and conquer the obstacle of time. To attack the issue from another direction, however, we then worked on a timing exercise where you break the entire 25 minute section of practice problems into smaller chunks with a much shorter time limit. We went through a few rounds of it at the end of our session, and I assigned her more rounds of the exercise for homework. I feel that this exercise is a nice way to practice working with urgency and efficiency within the time limit, while still engaging in the process that we have worked on to this point. The more times she works though the exercise, the stronger she will become in balancing these two needs."