Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I finished some English question sets and talked about sentence improvement strategies, and discerning 'forest' and 'tree' questions in the critical reading. He is going to have a sample essay ready for next session."
"The student and I had our first session today. She said she was most concerned with trig, geometry, and algebra 1 and 2 concepts for the admissions test. We went through the math section of a practice exam and she pointed out the questions that she was unsure of. She hadn't taken these subjects since the 10th grade, so some of the material came back to her as we moved along. She struggled most with equations with variables and how to add/subtract from one side to the other. I asked her to go through one math section of a practice exam then check her answers. We will go over the questions she got wrong in the next session as well as review specific concepts she asked about at the next session (percentages, SOHCAHTOA, simplifying equations)."
"In this session we went through test strategies for critical reading and math problems and how to optimize the time for each section. For the remainder of the session we worked through the last of the practice math problems, which included geometric figures and their formulas. The student has improved a lot in being able to understand what each math problem is looking for. She just needs to speed up that process a bit more. For critical reading we reviewed practice passages and fill in the blank problems. She is good at understanding the main idea and tone of the passage so she does not struggle with getting the answers correct."
"We covered equations, data analysis, and geometry. She struggled with things such as foiling and factoring equations, as well as geometric formulas because he has not encountered them in school. He had a positive attitude."
"Tonight the student and I began doing thorough review from the beginning of the SAT Subject Test book. I got the review book from my library, and starting at the beginning, I was quizzing him on topics. Then whenever he needed an explanation or a refresher, I would go more into depth and explain the topic. We went through over half of the material and he seemed to know most of it really well for the exam. His plan is now to take a practice test a little closer to the actual exam date to see where he scores. This will be a great gauge for how ready he is for the exam. At the remaining sessions, we intend to work together to continue going over all the material and I will keep quizzing him to make sure he is all set before he takes the exam."
"We met today for the first session of SAT tutoring. We discussed the changes that will be happening to the test in March, and worked through practice problems for reading, writing, and math. The student has a solid foundation in the material covered, and wants to focus most on reading comprehension. We will also practice ways to approach more difficult math questions."
"We covered the English and Science sections of the ACT. The student struggled most with misinterpreting the passages and figures. However, her accuracy is much improved from previous sessions."
"Today, Student A completed vocabulary review and verbal reasoning. He showed improvement with vocabulary review, but he struggled greatly with verbal reasoning, as he did not know many of the words. His homework is to find the definitions of unknown words. Today, Student B completed vocabulary review, writing, and mathematics achievement. She continues to show improvement in all areas. Both students will take a practice test next week as well as for homework."
"We reviewed the student's results from the PSAT and discussed what we should do to get ready for the SAT going forward. She needed to catch up on calculus though from missing school this week, so we covered calculus and reviewed some older topics so that she would be ready for her exam next week. The topics we covered were mean value theorem and linear approximations."
"The student and I reviewed the whole test since he's taking it tomorrow - strategies, when to guess, pacing, etc. We did some practice problems from each section, on which he did better than average. I think he's as well prepared as he'll get, so he should get a good night's sleep and review his notes."
"I introduced the format of the test and the types of problems the student would be experiencing. He identified that he mostly wanted to work on math, as he feels strong in reading comprehension. He does want to do vocabulary work in the future. In math, we focused on finding the perimeter of multiple geometric figures, including showing him how to find the area for a triangle and the surface area for a cube. We worked on finding percentages and solving more difficult solving for x problems."
"This session's focus was overall ACT techniques, English techniques and English content. More specifically we reviewed pronouns, punctuation, complete and incomplete ideas, and modifiers. The student also took a 9-minute timed portion of the ACT English exam and did very well on it."