Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today was the first session with this student, so of course, I was asking a million and one questions. I administered diagnostic tests for the critical reading and math sections, as that is what time permitted. The diagnostic tests were conducted in a rather unconventional manner. For the critical reading, half of the questions were completed by the student solely, timed. The remaining half was completed aloud, to observe his method in answering the questions. For the math component, the entire diagnostic test was completed aloud in order to gauge how he approaches the problems. He was very engaged during the session; he grasps concepts and patterns quickly, yet is honest when something does not make sense at first. This was definitely a good start to SAT prep!"
"We reviewed vocabulary first today, focusing on the new words from last week. The girls did not remember much from last week, but they had a better grasp of everything after reviewing and acting things out. We worked on reading next, timing passages to approximately one minute per question. Student H finished quite early and found that in most questions she missed, she would have gotten most of them right if she had put a little more time into them and read them fully. Student J found that she was able to focus better if there was something in her hand to fidget with. She will take a big eraser on the test day as a fidget toy. She missed every question in the passage when she did not have something to fidget with, and when she did a new passage with a fidget toy, she got 12 out of 15 correct. Finally, we worked on math. The girls are feeling more confident and are able to do many more problems independently than they were in the beginning."
"Today we drilled for the Math and Critical Reading sections. The student seems to need help most with particularly challenging math questions."