Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on SAT upper-level practice test one. On part one, math questions 1 to 10, the student scored nine of 10 correctly. On part four, verbal questions 1-30, he answered 21 of 30 questions correctly. Assignment for November 16: finish parts 1 and 4, write an essay, and do any other sections as time permits."
"We spent the duration of the time on analogies. He is doing a lot better both recognizing the relationship of the two initial words as well as guessing the answer even if he doesn't know one or more of the words in the prompt. We moved on to some probability near the end of the session, which he was picking up."
"Today the student and I went over two math sections she'd done beforehand. She did extremely well (the 87th percentile). I recommended that she very carefully underline important parts of the question and reread her answer to be sure it's in the right format. Then we went over a vocab section: synonyms and analogies. She did very well - easily answering at least half of them. I recommended to her mother to have her practice using online tests, focusing on vocab skills. She is also doing a whole practice test for our next meeting Friday so I can see where she's at, with her test approaching."
"The student decided he wanted to take the SAT at the Nov. 15 session as previously scheduled, and feels he did pretty well. He will of course be retaking it on December 13 so we picked up where we left off with time trials on all subjects to see how he was doing after his illness break."
"We covered math: basic arithmetic, algebra and geometry. We went over all the concepts that are covered on both the entry exam and the admissions test broadly so that she will have at least seen them all and have done some practice problems on each before the test. We will do more practice problems after she takes the entry exam this Saturday. I asked her to complete one math section that I emailed to her mother. We will go over it at the beginning of our next session (Tuesday) and then go over reading comprehension."
"The student and I ran through a practice math section of the admissions test. His performance is very consistent with the last practice test he took with me. We also spent some time working on essay plans. I made him plan out both essay selections, and compared his ability to brainstorm enough information to write a solid essay in 20 minutes."
"We began with the essay. The student prefers the creative prompt to the essay prompt, so we looked at three of them. For each, I timed him for 4 minutes to come up with basic story line, conflict, resolution, setting, etc. He is very creative and had no problem getting ideas. Math: We completed section 1 of practice test #2 in the official guide. There were a handful of time-sucking problems that posed issues, but he mostly moved through the sections fluidly. We ended looking at analogies; he is getting very good at these. Homework: 1) learn roots and vocabulary, 2) choose one of the three prompts from this session, and time them for 20 minutes to write and proof the story."
"The student and I began by discussing his verbal homework. It seems as though he is picking up the strategies we worked on for the verbal section very quickly. We were unable to go over the essay he wrote because he sent it to me at the very last minute; we will discuss this in our next session. Next, we began working on the math section. He learned several tips, problem-solving strategies, and traps to watch out for. He did a good job on most of the problems we completed together, but he needs to be very careful to follow the rules of algebra when working with variables, especially on word problems. For homework, he will complete and score self-test 1 and 2. In our next session, we will review this homework, talk about his essay, and work on reading comprehension."
"The student worked through 2 practice verbal sections of 60 questions each. Most of the problems are vocab related and I have him working through a number of words he didn't know. I'm also working with him to tighten down his relationships in analogies. Using a sentence formation strategy, he seems to have improved quite a bit. We will continue to work on Wednesday."
"The student and I worked on the math section of the SSAT. He received his scores from his previous SSAT and did extremely well! The area that still could be improved slightly is the math section which is what we will focus on during our final week. After he understands what the question is asking of him he is capable of doing the math. I do not have any concerns from this session."
"We completed one section of the quantitative reasoning exam and went over the incorrect questions. I have sent homework for him to complete tonight, and I will go over the full length exam and questions tomorrow. We will then score the test and go over test taking hints tomorrow."
"We spent some time talking about the test and what we can do to help her. We spent some time reviewing math concepts she recalled from the test that she said had given her trouble, mostly area, perimeter, and fractions/decimals. We started reviewing her vocabulary once again and determined that it sticks with her better in context. We started incorporating words from her list into a story, and she seemed to get a better grasp of them that way."