Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I had a great session! She scored a 670 on her last practice test from the practice book, which is 20 points higher than her last score!! The practice tests are harder than the actual SAT II, so this bodes very well for her test on October 11. We reviewed the answers to the questions she missed on the practice test and then did more practice questions, defining words and concepts that she didn't know along the way. I advised the student to review literary concepts and devices (she should do this every day) and take two more practice tests before the test. It's been a real pleasure working with her -- please let me know how she does on the SAT II. And last but not least, a few reminders for test day: 1. Work slowly! She does her best work when she gives herself the time to work through the texts in detail. On her last practice test, I had her force herself to spend about 10 minutes per section and use all 10 minutes to make 100% sure that she's happy with her answers. This worked well for her and I advise her to do this on the test. 2. Comb the poem. When she isn't sure of an answer, she tends to make her best guess and move on. Today, we practiced working through every little detail of a text to find the line that has concrete evidence that one answer is right and another is not, and she should keep doing this in practice and on test day. 3. Read the question! She has a tendency to miss key words in questions that lead her to select the wrong answer. Look out especially for things like "except" and "all.""
"Today we went over the practice Math section the student did last time and discussed any issues she had. Then we briefly reviewed number classifications, such as differences between whole numbers and integers and rational and irrational numbers. Then we talked about sequences and series and how to use those formulas and she did a few practice questions to review that. Then she took another timed math section, which I will grade this week and we will go over together at the next session."
"Today we covered polynomial long division, trig functions and graphs, and algebra 2. The student's grasp on the content was much better."
"While working on algebra with the student I discovered that some of his fundamentals were not as solid as I would like. To rectify this, I spent our time together going over order of operations and properties of addition and multiplication. His mother was concerned about the essay portion of the test, so I gave him some sample prompts to work on for homework. I still think that the math is his weakest area and plan to continue our work during our next session on Monday."
"Today the student and I reviewed the sections he completed. Despite seeming disappointed with his initial performance, after going over them he's well equipped to improve his already improved scores even more, particularly in writing. He also notified me that he'll get extra time with the test, which will help immensely in the reading, and potentially math too. I assigned him some work for our next session."
"We spent this session reviewing Reading, Writing, & Math in the student's practice SAT book. Beginning with vocab, it appeared that he had done quite well, answering 7 questions correctly and leaving the 8th blank, as per our previous conversation in which it was determined that if no (or one) answers can be eliminated, it is best to leave the question blank. On Writing, we reviewed such little tricks as the implied "they," singular vs. plural, parallel structure, and the direct comparison. On Math, we practiced problems with sequences, functions, and others. It's been a pleasure to work with him! I wish him the very best of fortune."
"We finished doing the math diagnostic test. The student struggles a lot with some basic math concepts, but after a few examples he begins to understand and is able to answer questions without help. I think he is already beginning to learn a few new concepts. We then did critical reading. He is able to answer some questions without help or guidance. I taught him to eliminate answer choices that he knows definitely aren't right, and he is usually able to get it down to 2 or 3 choices. We need to work on improving his vocabulary before the test."
"Today we reviewed the reading passage the student did at home and did another passage together. I assigned him two more passages for home. We also reviewed probability/ average word problems and graphing problems. I assigned him an entire math section for home. I also asked him to complete the English section that we began last session."
"In this session, the student and I started by checking over the practice math and reading sections she had done for homework. She did well on each, but made a few simple mistakes on some of the math questions. We spent the first half of our session working on the essay section of the SAT. We practiced going through some prompts, making an outline and exploring some arguments related to her examples. After this we worked through some additional math problems."
"The student was struggling the most with ACT English and Reading. She is having a hard time pacing herself and identifying the types of questions being asked. First, we reviewed her weaknesses and discussed what areas needed the most improvement. Then, we went over strategies for the test and practiced a section of English and Reading, implementing the strategies we had discussed. I had her explain why she chose each answer choice. This helped me gain a better understanding of how to help her overcome her challenges. She showed me her past ACT scores. Her attitude is very good. She is a dedicated student and was highly engaged throughout the session. I left her with practice materials in both English and Reading."
"The student and I worked on the Geometry section today. She had completed the first 6 problems. We completed 7 through 30, with homework being assigned for problems 31 to 42. There were about 7 problems that she didn't know how to do. Some of these problems were very wordy, so I think that confused her. Once we did them, she understood. A few were related to triangles and the exterior angle of a triangle. We discussed parallel lines and the 8 angles formed by a transversal cutting the lines. Once she saw this, it was easy for her to tell me the degrees of all of the angles. The other problem involved circles. She needed to know that there are 360 degrees in a circle in order to solve this problem. We will have 2 more sessions prior to the test on the 23rd."
"The student and I worked on and finished the math and essay sections of the ACT review book. For math, the concepts we covered include algebra, trigonometry, inequalities and absolute value inequalities, probability, combinations, permutations, geometry (especially circles, tangent lines, chords, etc.), and calculating areas and angles. She is a strong math student, and she did excellently on all problems. I helped her refresh some concepts she learned a while ago. For the essay section, we covered organization/format, thesis, strategies, and evidence/reasoning. We drafted an essay outline and thesis for a prompt. She provided excellent historical examples to support her viewpoint, and her thesis was well written."