Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We concentrated exclusively on math for this session, reviewing the remaining questions from the student's last practice test, and then completing an entire math section, in a different practice test. We practiced strategies, like breaking down complicated problems into simple ones, writing down each step of a solution, and working backwards from the answers."
"We primarily worked on SAT math, covering the differences between ACT and SAT math. The student took a sample SAT test and we reviewed problems he missed. In the last 30 minutes we discussed strategies for SAT verbal, and reviewed how to quickly structure the essay."
"We met for the first time! I began with a practice test to gauge her overall skill level and comfort with the SAT. I gave her test taking tips and told her to study 20 SAT words a day to build up her skills in that respect. I will meet with her next week to continue studying!"
"The student completed the critical reading sections in the next test so we reviewed her mistakes and what she could do to improve on the passage questions. In terms of vocabulary, she is improving. I encouraged her to continuously practice with vocabulary flashcards. We also reviewed how to write the essay and she brainstormed a couple essay topics to get into the habit of quickly coming up with ideas for SAT essay topics. We also reviewed and did a math section to make sure she was still competent in math even though we have lately been focusing on critical reading. Lastly, she completed another critical reading section with me and we reviewed how to find answers quickly and using context clues in specific line questions."
"The student did very well on her homework in terms of the sentence completions. We spent a good deal of time focusing on how to go about reading passages. The biggest thing she needs to work on in this regard is fleshing out the attitudes of the author and the people involved in the passage. As far as the grammar, she has improved a lot with the multiple choice."
"The student and I spent this session focusing on SAT Critical Reading. I feel that our time is best spent on the Critical Reading and Writing SAT sections. We continued our work in her SAT book, this time reviewing a Critical Reading practice section of a practice exam. We worked on passage-based questions, both with longer solitary passages and one pair of short, paired passages. We discussed techniques to eliminate incorrect answers and skim the passages effectively and quickly. We discussed how to pull relevant information from a passage and identify the most important sections to read in a longer passage. I asked her to dedicate some time in the next week to reviewing an online SAT Critical Reading practice section."
"The student and I worked through approximately 20 SAT math questions and two reading comprehension passages. We focused primarily on ratios, probabilities, and setting equations equal to one another. She generally did well on the math section. On the reading sections, we focused on understanding context in social science and comparative humanities passages and on answering questions related to author's purpose, argument, and evidence."
"We went over some problems from the student's practice test. We did some reading passages together, and we also assessed what vocab lists would be most helpful in boosting his verbal score. Overall, we're really just fine-tuning things. I assigned him to do a section of the test each night and review vocab flashcards."
"I reviewed the student's previous practice ACT and we focused mainly on the math section. We went through and went over how to do the problems he had missed when he took the exam in July, which also allowed us to discuss certain strategies like plugging in the answers and using our own number. We also went over one passage in the science section. For homework I asked him to try the math problems we went over by himself without looking at the solutions to see if he could solve them, and to work on the problems he didn't have time to complete when he originally took the test. I also asked him to complete two of the science passages in his prep book."
"We worked on function problems, using the problems online as a guide, then practiced four or five special triangle problems, then simply moved through a math section of a practice test in my book. I think the student's biggest problem is that he's simply rusty on a lot of math concepts that are tested on the SAT, such as finding the area of a circle, and solving systems of equations. But I can tell he once had mastered all or most of the skills tested, and so I think he's going to improve a great deal with a little practice."
"The student demonstrated amazing honesty and humility in studying for the SAT - I noted and commended his approach as it helps us work towards our mutual goal. We did practice questions and noted strategies for critical reading questions, eliminating answers, getting familiar with the nature of the low, medium, and hard level questions to set up homework practice and continue next session well informed of his learning and practice."
"The student had done some Reading Comprehension work under time as homework, and had tried the new strategy we discussed last week. She was very happy with how it worked out and substantially improved her accuracy on the Reading section. We went over the few errors there, then worked on geometry and trigonometry problems, which she said she'd like more review of. Then I went over a practice essay she had done and made suggestions for tightening up the logic and flow of it. She is going to try another practice test under timed conditions for next week, including an essay, which we will go over as her last prep before she takes the ACT on the 23rd."