Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I spent the tutoring session today looking at critical reading questions he might see on the SAT. I had him answer the questions from a few different reading passages I found in the book. I gave him some basic advice to help him answer the questions more quickly, mainly that he should read what the questions are first before reading the passage itself. I told him to always answer the easy questions first, from whatever passage length he likes the best, to make sure he gets as many correct points as possible. I also told him to quickly answer the vocabulary questions before the passage-based ones, because any extra time he might have is better spent on passage-based questions rather than vocabulary ones. I then went over the two different ways vocabulary questions are set up on the test (questions that have either one or two words to fill in), and what parts of those questions can help you figure out their answers."
"This was the student's second to last session before his exam on Saturday. We spent the entire time on the writing section. The student is very good at expressing himself verbally, and he did quite well with picking a side and presenting supportive evidence for his case. We focused on building upon these argumentation strengths. We went over a general five-paragraph format, mainly working on making the introduction clearly connect to the rest of the paper. We agreed that he may want to write the introduction last during the test, so that he could incorporate all of his ideas in a way where the "map" in the introduction matches the content in the body. He understood this concept, and I think he will take to heart the concept of connecting intro with body and forming a thesis that matches all points of evidence. Lastly, I encouraged him to use any extra time to go back and make edits in spelling and punctuation."
"The student and I focused on grammar and identifying parts of a sentence. We also worked through some critical reading and math problems. Student one's vocabulary and ability to select the correct answer in sentence completion questions continues to improve. Student two received his assessment scores last week, and he got a 2100, which was an improvement and met his goal score. I assigned student one the same homework I had e-mailed her last time, which is practice with identifying sentence errors."