Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, the student and I focused on the types of questions that gave her the most difficulty on her May SAT: algebra, functions, improving sentences, and sentence errors. We devised a simple plan that she should follow five days a week over summer break: (1) Memorize 3-5 vocab words per day (ideally through spaced repetition and mnemonics) (2) 1 timed practice section per day (3) Review of previously missed problems. This adds up to about 30-45 minutes of practice per day, 4-5 days per week, which I think is necessary if she wants to break 2000 or 2100."
"Did sentence completion, passage reading, and math questions from the practice SAT book. She still has a practice SAT test from that book, and should do the essays as practice on her own time. She is doing very well on the math, and is improving considerably on the verbal. I am taking time to explain the definitions of all vocabulary word choices."
"The student's primary areas of concern have been math and science, so today we worked on those areas heavily. I went over the necessary equations and science strategies for her to succeed. I look forward to our next meeting."
"We reviewed relevant math strategy before practicing through a variety of problems (from trigonometry to plane geometry). She quickly reacquainted herself with these strategies. We then practiced through several writing passages; she was strong here. We finished up with a reading passage. She had a little trouble with the idea of finding direct support for her answers, but she did understand her error immediately. With continued practice of searching the text for context, she will improve her score. I recommended that she complete an entire practice test in preparation for Saturday."
"We did a combination of science and math for our last session before the student retakes the test. We reviewed a science practice section she had previously completed. We discussed how to adapt her approach to this section now that she knows the logistics of the extended time. We also worked part of a math practice section together. She was easily able to complete most of the problems."
"The student began by working through the second half of the math section we began last time. After she completed it, we went over the problems she missed. I had her work one English passage, on which she did well. We wrapped up by working through two reading passages."
"I assessed the student's test taking style and went over general SAT strategies with her. We discussed what she was having trouble with (reading comprehension) and what she wanted to work on. She suggested going over Latin roots to help with vocabulary. I will provide her a list by our next session in 2 weeks."
"The student and I met to go over and complete a couple last minute problems prior to her SAT Math II subject test on Saturday. We went over the equations for ellipses and how to manipulate them. We additionally covered how to enter and manipulate various equation in her graphing calculator. We also did a brief statistics review regarding z scores & standard deviations. This will be our last session together - she is done with her standardized testing for now and will be applying for college next fall."
"We covered math and English. She has asked to spend more time on some of the tougher math problems, so I am sending her 100 ACT math concepts to review and having her do a practice math and English section prior to our session tomorrow."
"We reviewed the types of questions that she would see in each section of the test and the amount of time she would have to complete it. We decided to work through the test section by section after our overview, so she then completed the timed English section of a practice exam. I graded her section, and then we went through her work together to discuss which answers she had missed and strategies for approaching that type of problem. I gave her a timed English and math section to work on before our next session."
"We spent time on science and English today. Her scores are improving which is a good thing. The student gets a high percentage of questions right but frequently does not finish sections in time. We are practicing taking a more active approach and doing less second-guessing. For next time, he is going to complete a reading section, finish an English section, and write an essay."
"Today we started with an overview of the exam. We then moved to the essay and talked about the planning. After that she moved to an English passage. And then she spent the rest of the time on math. For homework, she is going to write a timed essay and do 30 math problems from the test prep book."