Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We began by going over the section of math and solving some student-produced response questions together. He has shown great improvement and is doing a very good job of breaking down complex word problems, applying strategies, and working through the most difficult types of questions. However, it is essential for him to continue solving practice problems on his own if he wants to see a significant increase in his math score. Next, we began working on the essay section. We discussed how the SAT essay works; who grades the essays and how; how to structure an essay to take advantage of this information; and how to write good introductions, body paragraphs, and conclusions. In our next session, we will continue preparing for the essay and begin discussing the critical reading section or the writing multiple choice. For homework, he will write a timed practice essay with the structure he learned today using the prompt; email the practice essay to me before tomorrow's session; and read and think about the sample essays. It is very important that he completes this homework for our session tomorrow."
"After our last session, I left the student with some Critical Reading Passages to mark-- highlighting those sentences that he felt best revealed the theme of the passage and how this theme was developed structurally. We then proceeded to work through one math section together, and he did well with most of the problems. I noticed some slight discomfort with inequalities and with embedded fractions that contain variables, however. I did let him know that SAT math often is less about one's mathematical abilities than about one's critical thinking skills, and the questions he had issues with stemmed from these kinds of problems. In fact, for this section, he oftentimes needed little more than a prompt to arrive at the correct answer on his own. I asked him to work through two additional math sections tomorrow morning for both practice and in order that I might have a mini-diagnostic for his abilities, but otherwise, I'm confident in him here. For the last half of our session, we worked through Improving Sentences and Error ID questions for SAT Writing, and while he did remarkably well with the former (almost perfectly, in fact), he struggled with the latter. Specifically, we discussed issues with subject-verb agreement and the differences between dependent and independent clauses. We tried to diagram several sentences, but this was unfamiliar to him, so for our next session, I will begin preparing a mini-grammar crash course. Finally, I asked him to take an entire practice test one evening this week so that he might be more familiar with the pacing of the test."
"The student has already taken a course so we began with critical reading practice sections, going through refresher tips and practice questions. She struggled most with vocabulary but did well in passage reading after some strategy advice. Next session, we will review math concepts then continue with practice with passage questions to get her prepared for the October SAT."