Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this final review session, the student focused on math and writing. I reviewed almost all of the math questions with him and made sure that he felt comfortable with the various approaches to each problem. In particular, I reviewed all the perimeter area formulas from geometry and encouraged him to sketch diagrams to better visualize what was being asked. In the writing section, I discussed common errors in usage, including misplaced modifiers, illogical comparisons, subject verb and subject object disagreement, comma splices, and lack of parallelism. I think he is feeling confident and optimistic heading into the assessment test, so I wish him the best."
"The student and I had another strong session. We continued our work preparing for the math section, going through word problems, operations on polynomials and other mathematical concepts that will be on the test. He is fairly strong in this area. My overall sense is that his level of preparedness has significantly improved in the time we have been working together."
"The student and I went over the assessment test math section. Working through a review booklet, we went over multiple practice sections and worked through answers to the difficult problems. Overall, the student seemed to understand the material very well."
"The student had written an essay over the past week that overall was very good. I told her that if she can include at least a concluding sentence on the assessment test itself, it should definitely help her score. She threw in some more impressive words than in the last one she wrote, so that will help as well. We went through some more vocabulary during this session, but she already seems to have a good grasp on many of the words that we've looked at. We then worked on some grammar questions. I told her to work on the easiest of the grammar question types first on test day to save more time for the more difficult ones."
"The student completed a practice science section and scored a 30, which he was happy with. We went over the questions he missed together; two of them were dumb mistakes, so we talked about how to avoid those in the future. The rest were on more difficult questions, so we went through them together and discussed how to approach these in the future. Then, we went over the math section. The student feels confident about the math section, so we went through the topics fairly quickly. We spent a little extra time on coordinate geometry, which he feels is his weak point. To finish the session, I had him do 18 tougher math questions. He did very well on these, only missing 3. For next time, I asked him to complete a full math section."
"Today I met with the student to work on assessment test chemistry. We had previously decided to work through a timed test, and that's what we did today. This one proved to be rather difficult, and was the first test that we couldn't finish within the time frame. With that in mind he did pretty well. We identified a couple subjects that could use some review, but overall it was a fine test run."
"The student and I reviewed strategies for the critical reading section, including referencing the passage and eliminating answers. He does fairly well with the passages."
"Tonight the student did 4 to 5 reading passages. He was really strong at eliminating bad answers. I reminded him that the nicest answer isn't necessarily the right one, and that there is always a right answer, so it is up to him to verify for himself the right answer with a particular word or sentence that leaves him without a doubt of the answer. Covering grammar, he did better than last time in terms of noticing common structures."
"We went over the student's practice test and focused on questions concerning thermodynamics, acid base reactions, bonding, and intermolecular forces. We also practiced some stoichiometry problems and discussed chemical equilibrium in some depth."
"We went over the questions she missed on her last math test. Then we went over basic trig, expanding logs, and finding the perimeter of irregular shapes. She did much better with these after some practice. Her homework for the break is to do timing drills, 20 minutes at a time. We went over the humanities passages on the Reading portion. We went over one practice test, and she took two more. Her cumulative score for the full second Reading test when she wasn't timed was a 29. Her homework is to read as much as she can and to get her reading speed faster."
"The student had completed two practice English sections. We spent the duration of our time going through those two sections. For next time, she will do another English section for homework as well as two math sections."
"I worked with the student to prepare for his SAT test next Saturday. We focused on the reading section of the test. He mainly needs work interpreting the tone of the passage as well as building up his vocabulary. I assigned him some work to do for this week until his test."