Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I had a great first session! I am really excited to work with her, as she is diligent and smart, and I'm confident she'll do really well on the SAT. We began with an introduction to the SAT. We talked through how the test is scored and what kinds of questions she should expect. Before our session, I had her take a writing and verbal practice test. She did really well, especially given that she has never encountered the test before. Her essay was strong, with a clear thesis statement and clearly articulated examples. We then moved on to the multiple choice section. She did great! She has a fantastic intuitive sense of vocabulary, but until the test, she'll keep a notebook in which she writes down and defines every word she encounters that she doesn't know so she can review them. All in all, I was blown away by how well she did, and am confident that she's going to do extremely well at test time."
"This week, the student and I worked on all three sections, but we focused primarily on math and writing. For math, we worked more on our strategy list, and practiced identifying a few strategies before beginning a problem so we'd have a clear direction. Since she often finds the correct strategy but makes an error somewhere in her work, we worked on computation so that the arithmetic would be done both quickly and correctly. For writing, we went over a timed essay I had her write for homework. We stressed the importance of a solid intro, concise conclusion, and inclusion of transitional words and phrases. Since the student often tends to change tenses mid-sentence, we worked a lot with tense consistency and vague phrasing. For the multiple choice sections, we worked on pair words, pronoun antecedent, modifiers, and run-on sentences. As for critical reading, we worked more on passage dissection, focusing especially on tone and author's point of view. During this week, we also went over general test-taking tips, such as timing and problem skipping. She is often reluctant to skip problems, even when she isn't wholly certain what the entire question means. However, we emphasized that it is better to skip a question than miss it. I left her with homework and some study guides to review with before she took the test that Saturday."
"The student took a math section of an exam and we went over her incorrect answers. When we went over her incorrect answers and frequently for questions she skipped or answered incorrectly, she knew exactly what to do and then got to the right answer. I think she went way to fast and got into her own head a little bit so we are going to keep doing more questions and hopefully she can manage her time better but I have no doubt she can score highly."