Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student has taken the exam 3 times to this date. He said that he may have felt a bit of fatigue, but he was not stressed during the exam. We went over his diagnostic test results. After reviewing that and his score report, we determined that his biggest issue is simple errors. We talked about writing down what each question was asking for before he even attempted to answer the problem to minimize those mistakes. We discussed marking difficult questions to return to since he finishes each section with at least 6 minutes to spare, and we agreed that making the most of that time would improve his score dramatically. For these reasons, the sessions will focus less on content (which he is very strong in) and focus on strategy and practice. We have specific goals for each passage that, if met consistently, will yield a higher score. The sessions will consist primarily of practice work and review (concepts and strategy) while we attempt to establish habits that lead to correct answers. The student completed 2 sections, getting 2 incorrect on the first and 1 on the second. He will complete at least 6 sections and make note of errors, the reason behind them, and pacing. We will meet next Monday and Wednesday."
"We went over practice SAT math questions. The student was very responsive to my explanations and demonstrated he understood the work by solving the problems correctly."
"The student and I finished a full critical reading test scenario and reviewed her scores and incorrect answers. She continues to strengthen her vocabulary through context clue exercises."
"The student and I took most of the untried sections of the fifth practice test today, including the three math sections (we had previously done the two writing sections). He goes extremely fast, through the math sections in particular, and we agreed that he can afford to go a bit more slowly, and that this might help catch the few avoidable mistakes he usually makes. Before our next session, he will take the sixth practice test, and, if possible, maybe the seventh as well. He is not sure he will take the January SAT, since he is no longer going to apply to other schools; I encouraged him to talk to his guidance counselor about his SAT situation."
"Today the student and I focused on ACT Math and worked through a number of ACT Math algebra practice questions. We reviewed questions on algebraic fractions, algebraic functions, FOIL, and systems of equations. He excelled at FOIL and algebraic fractions, but struggled a bit with inverse functions and word problems. We agreed that we would review those topics more extensively in our next session. In the meantime I have also sent over some algebraic function flashcards for him to review. He is a very visual learner, so we're really focusing on finding more visual ways to represent problems (graphs, pictures, even writing everything down)."
"The student and I worked on some review problems for his math exam. We began by going through a basic list of algebraic concepts that students must learn. We looked at different types of problems. For the end of the session, we began to work on a website with word problems practice. It was a very good lesson because the math was where the review should be and the problems were not that difficult. For the next session, I will contact his teacher to see where he is at in his class."
"The student and I worked through approximately 25 SAT math questions with a focus on algebraic expressions, setting equations equal, and systems of equations. She struggled with many of the problems but became more comfortable after getting assistance setting questions up. We also worked through one humanities reading passage and one grammar passage so she could become more familiar with the new formatting for the March test. Overall, I felt this was a good initial session."
"The student and I reviewed the practice test that she had taken since Tuesday. Explaining the method for solving the problems on this test took up the majority of our session time today. We also went through a full writing section from an SAT practice test, which was an overall success, as she was able to identify important grammatical errors in the sentences."
"We started on the Math Diagnostic Test 1 and got about halfway through. The student struggles with some basic concepts, but after spending time on each question, he began to understand the concepts. I foresee good progress moving forward because he very quickly understands and adapts to new concepts."
"We reviewed Critical Reading strategies for vocabulary in context and main idea questions. We then moved on to questions involving purpose and context. We also spent some time on sentence completion questions."
"The student came to the last session with 2 completed math sections of practice SAT tests. Overall, he had done well on them, with very few incorrect questions because he knew to omit ones he wasn't sure about rather than guessing. We spent our time going over the questions he missed or wasn't sure about, then we worked through the second (more difficult) half of another math section."
"The student and I went through a complete science section and English section. He performed very well and is improving at a meteoric rate. I believe that if he continues exerting himself, his score on the test will improve markedly. He has great study habits and seems highly motivated. I am very optimistic. For our next session, we will focus on the math section once again, possibly with a bit of reading thrown in."