Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student took a practice verbal section. She completed it in half of the required time (so timing is not an issue). I think that with the aid of a vocabulary book/flash cards, she'll be able to improve quickly on vocab and master the verbal section. We also started working on a math section. The main challenge for her in terms of math is translating word problems into mathematical equations. I will focus on this and how to approach problems the next session, and with practice, she should began to see what the questions are asking. I asked her to try to translate the rest of the problems left on the math section to see what her approach is, and we will review it next session. Finally, I assigned a reading section to her for homework in order to see what her level is regarding the reading section so we can target her weaknesses."
"We spent most of the session working through the first practice test in the official fuide. We began with the math problems that the student did for homework and worked through both quantitative sections. Some of the word problems presented a challenge, so we broke them down processing each bit of information provided. Three or four problems allowed for the strategy of "choosing a number." The problem proposed a situation allowing the test taker to choose a random number to use in the figuring. This made a huge difference for him. After the math, we moved to vocabulary, roots, synonyms, and analogies. The strategy of creating a sentence for the stem words works well. When he found that more than one answer worked, he knew to go back and refine his sentence. We ended the session with reading comprehension. We covered 3 or 4 passages. He is getting good at identifying type, tone, and main idea. For homework: If time permits, finish the reading section of the test. Then move on to the SSAT math sections of the review book."
"The student and I discussed the structure of the quantitative reasoning sections of the test and reviewed a few test taking strategies for success on the math portion. Emma was surprised to learn that the SAT prohibits calculators, and I encouraged her to practice math without a calculator as much as she can in order to be prepared for the exam. She then took a 25-question diagnostic math test, and we discussed the solutions to several of the problems that were especially difficult. During Tuesday's session, we will practice doing operations drills and focus on algebra. I look forward to it!"