Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student asked about percentage and ratio word problems, PEMDAS simplification of expressions, adding unlike fractions. We practiced all these and the student indicated he understood. I gave him two links, one to a static pdf practice source and one to a set of interactive practice Compass tests."
"We covered a review of Math problems, going over the problems in the guide, practice test one, sections one and four. We went over the few problems the student missed when he took this practice test two days ago. We also worked out of his green book, doing a number of practice problems from it as well. We covered coordinate planes, algebraic equations, probability, absolute value, circles, triangles in the coordinate plane, and other concepts. He paid attention the entire session and concentrated. He was given homework to work out of the text book, doing the middle level practice math tests."
"We primarily covered geometry applications and logical reasoning in the last section of the test book. We also covered some Critical reading practice problems, as the student's SAT math skills have greatly improved. The student is approaching the test more confidently, and I am particularly impressed with her ability to create equations from written prompts. To that end, I feel it is now best to diversify her tutoring, and in future sessions we will cover the critical reading and writing sections in greater detail, although we will continue reviewing math as well."
"Today, as usual, we focused on vocabulary and Critical Reading. The student knew many of the new words today. On the critical reading test, we reviewed questions emphasizing tone and ones asking which answer choice is supported by the passage, especially when the passage is long and dense. We will continue practicing these questions. I assigned vocabulary homework, and another practice test, both of which we will review during the next session."
"We're working on refining his analysis of reading passages, e.g. how to pick the correct details out of a paragraph. I suggested that he very carefully consider why he wants to change his answers on a test if he wants to change it-- i.e. if he can find textual support for an answer, he should pick it and remain confident in his choice."
"We covered SAT Reading and Writing sections. The student was receptive to the material. She also was able to understand the few incorrect answers after we reviewed them. I left her with a Math section to complete for homework."
"The student and I spent 80 minutes working on Critical Reading and 40 minutes on the Writing section. I think that the most important step for her to take will be to simply study vocabulary words extensively; this will help her do significantly better, and her reading abilities on the longer passages is already improving."
"The student and I started by going over the SAT math section she completed since our last meeting. We reviewed common techniques for solving questions with variables in the answers. We will continue to practice this next week. Next, we went over counting problems (combinations, permutations, etc.). She did well on practice problems over common question types on the concepts. We focused on rereading these types of word problems to clarify the given restrictions. She had also completed a practice Writing multiple choice section, correctly answering 10/12. We did additional practice over comma rules and pronoun/antecedent questions. She showed good improvement at using the underlined information to identify the likely error. For next week, she will complete a reading and writing section."
"Today was my first session with the student and we spent the time reviewing her practice test. She told me that she is good with time management and that she usually has time left over at the end of each section. She told me that she feels confident with reading and grammar, but that math, especially geometry, has room for improvement. I plan on working with her to reinforce the math fundamentals, as well as giving her strategies for making educated guesses. I also plan on working with her to review some basic grammar concepts as well as skills for annotating texts during the reading section. I encouraged her to sign up for an SAT word of the day email to help bolster her vocabulary skills. She was very involved in the session and was willing to ask questions. She seems committed to improving her skills and I'm looking forward to getting to work on specific topics."
"We finished reviewing the writing section. We finished identifying sentence errors, started and finished improving sentence errors, and started and finished improving paragraphs. We worked on eliminating repetitive language, inserting useful descriptions, using parallelism, and finally approaches to different types of problems and things to look out for when doing said problems. The student seemed to already know and understand material from the sections, but seemed to gain most from doing practice problems and going through them, learning through trial and error/demonstration. For next time, we will go over language rules. I left him with some homework that will focus on each section."
"The student and I started our session by doing practice problems in paragraph correction, grammar, and vocabulary. She performed very well on these questions. We turned to reading comprehension next. I gave her the general strategy for reading comprehension and we did a sample passage. Next time we will cover strategies for dual passages and begin our review of mathematics."
"The student did very well in his math section from last week. This session, we corrected his writing and reading section that was last week's homework, and worked through some reading problems together. Homework for this week: 2 reading and 2 writing sections from a past test."