Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked through two practice tests from an online source I found, focusing on harder questions I identified. We also reviewed conics formulas and characteristics, log rules (change of base rule in particular), and finding number and values of roots. The student will continue to practice from her test prep book materials and let me know what topics she wants to review in the next session."
"The student and I continued our work on the SAT II Literature exam, which he's taking on Saturday. He has improved significantly since last session, which is, I think, due to the large amount of practice he did since our last session. He is now taking his time to carefully eliminate options using the "build a defense" technique we've worked on in tutoring. In this session, we worked through a practice test together so that I could continue to refine the way he's thinking about the test. He barely missed any questions. Immediately after the session, he took a full practice test, which he did very well on. He's ready for the test!"
"During today's session, the student and I reviewed all of the past tactics and timing strategies that we had discussed in past sessions. We reviewed his timed homework and discovered that he had a better success rate on the main idea and inference questions that had previously troubled him. We proceeded to work on several timed sections, varying from 8 to 18 minutes, in preparation for Saturday's exam. The student did well with pacing his active reading, allowing himself to answer every question within the time limit. This was an especially impressive bit of work since he only answered 22 out of 30 questions on the first timed assignment that I gave him. I finished the session stressing to him that his first instinct after responsible eliminations have been right more frequently than wrong; he will be in fine shape on test day if he trusts the work that we have done."
"I had the student practice SAT passages to prepare for his upcoming test. We discussed strategies for the vocabulary section and what to do when he doesn't know a word. We also discussed problem solving strategies for the harder SAT math problems."
"Reviewed vocabulary and hit fractions hard. Focused on arithmetic with fractions and reducing. Tested the student on a reading portion of the exam, and he scored 29/30 questions for the reading comprehension."
"The student and I touched on Critical Reading, but spent the majority of our time on Math. She's pretty adept at recognizing patterns in the question types, but needs to take a second to establish a plan before diving in."
"We covered the photoelectric effect, threshold frequency, the difference between a virtual image and a real image, the difference between converging/diverging lenses/mirrors, and the main results from Rutherford's alpha particle scattering experiment. I also made corrections and suggestions to two of the student's college application essays. I asked the student to review the problems that he got wrong on the Practice SAT Physics test for next time."
"The student and I reviewed the Math section that I assigned to her as homework from our last section. She didn't have time to do the critical reading section that I assigned so we completed it together. We then reviewed the student completed math section. We finished with a few writing section problems. The student has shown improvement during our time together. I gave her advice on what to do the day before the test, and how to treat test day. I didn't leave her with any extra work since she takes the SAT in two days."
"We started with a review of what we went over last week including sentence error questions and sentence completion questions. We then moved on to reading comprehension. The student showed improvement in this area. We ended the session by touching briefly on the math section. We will continue with this tomorrow."
"We reviewed conic sections and logarithmic functions, and worked several examples from her prep book. Based on how she solves problems and how she asks questions, I feel very confident the student will do well on this exam."
"Did math, critical reading, and sentence completion problems from an SAT prep book. The student will take the SAT on Saturday. He should do well since he had few problems with the math and the English problems."
"Reviewed reading and math for an upcoming test on Saturday. Practiced sections from each part of the test and discussed final strategies. Student feels confident and has done consistently well during lessons."