Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student scored a 9 on her essay. We worked on critical reading (analyzing the primary purpose of the passage and connecting the questions to the passage), probability, and subject-verb disagreement. I asked her to finish the subject verb disagreement worksheet and do a math and a reading section for homework."
"During my last session with the student, we went over math sections. She did very well on the first section, which we went through out loud with her explaining to me her thought processes and methods. Reading questions carefully and paying attention to detail will be very helpful for the student moving forward."
"The student and I worked on the essay portion of the SAT. She wrote a practice essay with a time limit. I graded it, and we discussed how it could be further improved. We also worked on the multiple choice writing sections."
"The student and I went over the SAT math and reading sections. For math, we focused on medium and difficult questions and how the student would approach them. For reading, we went over how to answer questions efficiently and how to recognize and eliminate wrong answers."
"This was our final session before the student takes the SAT this weekend. We were able to review all sessions. We reviewed math problems that she had done and we looked specifically at how to solve challenging geometry problems -- remember that straight lines and triangles' angle measures add up to 180 degrees, and that opposite angles bounded by two intersecting straight lines are equal, and go from there. On writing, we reviewed rule signifiers such as singular vs. plural. On critical reading, we spoke again about determining which questions to answer in which order. The place where she showed the most improvement was her essay; it was excellent."
"The final stretch... the student and I covered some Math problems she had missed on her previous practice sections, most of which were actually easier than she had originally anticipated. Her challenge on Saturday will be to simplify seemingly difficult questions: to do that, she needs to keep her eyes peeled for patterns and ask herself, "What do I know?" before taking a stab at a question. We also worked on a new strategy for SAT Reading: "Find the red flags." If she can focus on eliminating problematic *parts* of various multiple choice answers, she can vastly simplify the overall task. Finally, we stepped through another sample essay, creating a solid thesis/"because statement" and topic sentences."
"The student and I discussed her essays in great depth and worked on strategies to improve her writing. We also focused on math and on learning formulas that will be important for the exam. She is making excellent progress."
"We began by reviewing the rest of a reading passage section the student had completed later on Monday. He is showing a greatly improved grasp of these questions, carefully analyzing each answer to determine which has the most support. We then turned to more challenging math, working through the best approach to solve a multi-layered problem. We wrapped up with a brief grammar review and goals for our final session on Friday."
"For our final session the student and I worked through another practice test and paid special attention to her essay, which was a huge improvement over her last effort. We worked through math concepts primarily, as well as the writing multiple choice, and I took a look at some of her concerns regarding how the test is administered."
"The student and I continue our work on the Essay section, developing outlining skills, historical figures to use as anchors for key paragraphs, etc. We also continued to move through practice sections from the Math and Critical Reading portions of the exam, both those he finished in between sessions and those we worked through together."
"We went over a practice exam that she had completed on her own time and sent me - just the reading portions. I think she is doing very well. I did not have any concerns."
"Went over last practice test before the real SAT. The student has improved a lot, and I am optimistic about her scores. I believe she can attain the scores for her college of choice."