Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We continued work on his writing skills in order to improve his SAT essay score. We began by reviewing and practicing varied sentence structures and rules for comma use, which he mastered excellently but should continue to review and implement in his own writing. Then we reviewed and improved the 10 SAT essay introductions that he wrote between sessions. I noticed huge improvement in his capacity to think of effective examples and present them in a logical way. In working through his introductions, I emphasized techniques for coming up with sophisticated, nuanced answers to the prompts. Finally, we went through how to outline a full essay. For next session, I asked him to write a full essay in response to the prompt I emailed him. He needs to continue working on the specificity of his examples and the language he uses to explain them. We'll work on this next session as we review his full essay. He is improving fast-- I'm confident that his score will go up on October 11."
"Time is still one of the student's biggest challenges, particularly on difficult critical reading passages. We spent most of this session looking at a series of critical reading passages and questions, stopping after each set of questions to talk about how long the student spent on the questions, and various strategies for reducing repeated work. Her time improved over the course of this session, especially for "main idea" questions for which the student can have an answer prepared without having to reread anything in the passage. We also spent about an hour working on outlines for three different essays. By the last essay, the student's time to determine a structure and start listing examples in her outline had greatly improved."
"We discussed the essay the student wrote for homework, then brainstormed practice prompts. He also did math and critical reading practice questions."