Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I had the student do more practice with the experiment type of passage in the science section. Then we moved onto more difficult geometry problems in the math section of the ACT. She told me she did a few practice tests and only missed 0-3 problems in each the math and science section; I advised her to try doing one or two timed between now and our next scheduled session. I also noted several topics to give her more practice on (parallel line proofs, graphing inequalities, etc.)."
"Today we covered SAT math and writing sections. The student has progressed very much on math. He has slowed down and is processing the questions more methodically. Writing proves to be difficult. I gave him a prompt that I knew would be challenging. After reviewing what he managed to write, we discovered that what he was saying was quite adequate. We discussed the role that anxiety plays in tests and how it is always important to push. We also discussed techniques for dealing with "deer-in-front-of-headlights" essays. We then reviewed his PSAT score report which became available recently."
"We were able to go over her entire PSAT and look at the pattern of mistakes. I was so pleased with math--only 4 wrong! On reading, she is getting all the easy ones and most of the medium ones right, both on vocabulary and comprehension. She's getting most of the hard ones wrong. Working on being really attentive to the small details that make an answer right or wrong will help her pick up some of those. In general she should feel really good about her scores though. There's room for improvement but she's shown significant growth already."
"The student completed a math practice test and we reviewed the test. We also worked on the sentence completion section of the test. I will be sending her worksheets on writing skills and math in preparation for our next session."
"This was our last session, so the student and I tried to go through each section. That involved editing her essay and then doing practice tests of each section. We ended with some quick tips and just the message to relax."
"We spent a lot of time working on problems dealing with exponents and exponent operations and ratios. The student quickly grasped the rules but struggled with simplifying equations. We practiced this extensively to help her develop an ability to recognize when she can and should simplify or otherwise rearrange and equation. She had a good attitude throughout. Overall she is progressing well and is responsive to feedback. As always I advised her to continue studying SAT vocabulary words and taking diagnostic tests."
"Today we went over the math sections that the student had worked on since last time. We reviewed some key concepts - particularly functions. We then took a look at common SAT writing errors for the error identification portion of the exam. I will be emailing her 2 writing sections for her to do on her own over the weekend."
"Today the student and I did a variety of practice problems, reviewing content, timing, and general test taking strategies. We started off with correcting sentences, then moved on to math, and finished with more writing practice with identifying errors."
"Today, we went over a handful of the questions that the student missed last week, and then needed to move on to looking at the math section of the ACT due to the limited time remaining before the test day. While she is moving a lot faster through her test, she is also currently rushing the test, resulting in a lower score. I assigned additional practice in order to help her develop a happy medium between moving too slowly and too quickly."
"We covered all sections of the SAT. For reading, we talked about general strategies that help with the elimination of answers which including breaking the passage up into parts and focusing on the first and last paragraph. We talked about the importance of dialogue in fiction passages. For math, we talked about avoiding simple errors. For writing, we talked about prepositional words and finding errors in sentences. She will be taking another test over the weekend and had a score of 2070 on the previous exam."
"The student and I worked through two SAT reading comprehension passages, including one comparative passage. We focused on vocabulary questions and questions related to the author's purpose, argument, and writing tactics. He did well in applying strategies including process of elimination, splitting answer choices, and evaluating choices. He struggled more with context-related questions than with those relating to passage detail, so we worked on piecing together the purpose of sentences/ paragraphs in the passage, as well as timing strategies."
"The student and I spent the first hour of the session doing a short review of the grammar and reading comprehension portions of the test. She did very well on these, so we moved to a math section on an official practice test. We made it about halfway through this section in the last hour, and she has the rest of the section and the grammar section to finish before our next meeting. Of the 35 or so math problems from the practice test we finished together, she knew how to do all but 3. She made occasional simple math mistakes, but quickly corrected herself."