Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on organizational approaches to writing the SAT essay and created a sample outline. Also, we began to work with the critical reading section and to develop strategies for passage-based questions."
"The student and I spent the session working through a practice SAT literature test together. When she was unsure of how to get to an answer or answered a question incorrectly, I asked leading questions and provided tips and tricks that will help her answer similar questions correctly in the future. I noticed that she tends to read the passages quickly and sometimes attempts to answer the questions without looking back at the text. We discussed the fact that while it is a good test-taking strategy to read the passage quickly as an initial pass at it, it's important to go back to the text to answer each question. We also spent time working on her close-reading skills and ability to answer a question given only context clues and, as we worked through the exam, we reviewed any literary concepts or terms she didn't know. Her confidence in her reading comprehension increased noticeably over the course of the session, and I'm confident that with practice, she will score at least a 700 on the test. I asked her to purchase the test prep book for the SAT literature exam and to take the first practice test before we meet next Saturday (and the second, too, if she has time). We will also review literary concepts and terms at next session. Looking forward to our next session!"
"At this session, I worked with the student on the essay portion of the test. After some discussion, she did not have any issues sitting down to write an essay based on the prompt. Once she was clear about what her thesis was, she was able to use good examples and clear thinking to defend her point of view. She needs to work on her use of language and grammar. We also worked on the reading comprehension section of the test. To help her understand why, we worked out the probability of getting a right or wrong answer if one guesses from five possible answers as opposed to four, and what the resulting score would be. In this way, we also reviewed math concepts that are covered by the test. I also assigned her a reading comprehension passage and questions to answer for next week's session."