Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student didn't have a chance to do a practice test, so we continued on with the math practice drills. In general, he is feeling much more confident with the content and mentioned a few times that he was finding some of the math questions much easier, whereas before he might not have known how to even start. He is good at figuring out how to approach the material and just needs to focus on paying attention to the specific details of each question. We completed about 3 practice math sections in the review book today. The student is going to do a practice test before we meet on Saturday."
"We spent most of the time working on math problems and finished with some discussion about the essay and limited work on verbal. The student works hard and knows the math concepts but just needs to get comfortable doing the work. We will spend more time on math next week as well. I sent her a sample prompt for her to do the essay."
"We talk about the essay that he wrote in preparation for the SSAT essay. We talked about outlining and prewriting. Then we moved on to a series of practice problems focused on math. We did the more challenging types of math problems because he had a great understanding for all the basic concepts. I asked him to complete one math and one reading section for next time. We are meeting on Monday in two weeks because he is going on vacation next week."
"The student and I discussed his most recent test, which he feels went better than the first test. In math, we worked out of an ACT review book to gain further practice with higher-level math concepts and word problems. For the verbal section, we practiced synonyms through the review book and through the website. We will not be meeting next week due to Thanksgiving. For next session, the student will complete the reading comprehension section from the Practice Test 1."
"Today the student and I went over the questions she got wrong on the test I had her do over the weekend. We finished a math section and started on vocab, where she did better than the last time. We will finish going over the test this Saturday."
"Focused on strategies for the synonyms part of the Verbal section of the SAT. The student needs to dedicate consistent time each day into studying the Latin roots and vocabulary in general. Ideally, he should devote 30 minutes to 1 hour each day at a minimum."
"The student and I practiced two short math sections, two verbal sections, and a reading section. He did very well with all of them. For math, he has a good grasp of the concepts we went over and will just need to practice so that they are fresh and he can approach a problem with ease. For reading, he was very insightful and I think he will just need to practice more so that he is more familiar with those types of questions. For the verbal section, he should look at lists of commonly used vocab words and make flashcards or study them in a way that works for him. Overall, I think the session went very well."
"The student and I began by discussing his synonym homework and going over some problems he found particularly difficult. Next, we continued working on the analogy section, and he learned some new strategies and tips for solving analogy problems. We completed practice problems together and also went over some difficult homework problems. He is making great progress on the verbal section. For homework, he will write a timed essay using the prompt at the top of pg. 453; and complete a few practice tests. In our next session, we will review this homework and, if time allows, begin working on math or reading comprehension."
" Ran a practice test of Session 3 and Session 4 of the SAT. Worked on pacing and timing. Reviewed answers and raw scores. Our next session will pick up where we left off and review the individual answers, and better strategies to eliminate choices, find correct choices, when to skip and when to guess. The student should check for invites from me to work on practice sections to help improve vocabulary skills."
"The student and I went through the second half of the practice test, doing the Writing and Reading sections. His writing is strong conceptually, and he put together an original, funny, and well structured story. He needs to take the second half of his time (he finishes early) to go back over and polish his grammar and punctuation. Overall, the student is above average in reading and vocab, and average in math. I gave him math exercises to work on and he agreed to take and check a couple math practice sections."
"During our last session, the student and I focused on vocab so that it would be fresh in her mind for the test on Saturday. We also briefly reviewed her strategies for all of the test sections and completed a little bit of practice in each section. I have very much enjoyed working with her and am confident that she will meet her goals for the admissions test."
"The student and I modified her tutoring homework to be more tailored to her specific needs. We worked quite a bit on vocabulary, and some on reading comprehension. Extra reading comprehension materials were requested, and will be sent shortly via email. She is getting better at figuring out words by context, and we will work more with word parts at the next meeting."