Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on the essay component of the writing portion of the exam. We began by going through the SAT rubric for what each score looks like and then reading through various graded sample essays. We discussed the samples to learn what makes a 6 essay receive a score of 6 and explored the concepts of an appropriate topic with good examples told in detail, turning abstract language into concrete details, and how to demonstrate critical thinking. After going through the examples, I had him brainstorm how he would answer various prompts. At the moment, he seems to be very good with coming up with general ideas for how to respond to the prompt but needs some work with developing specific examples he can write about in detail. For next week, I asked that he compose an essay so that I may evaluate how well the lesson has stuck."
"Since this was the first session with the student, we went over the SAT in a more general sense so that both of us could get a good idea of what she feels secure with and what she needs more work on. I have a copy of her last test, which I will go over in more detail during the upcoming week. There was not one specific thing that she was struggling with " her scores from the last test were fairly consistent, and I think that the key to improving for her will be simply lots of practice. I recommended she do at least one timed, simulated SAT practice test before next Sunday. I also recommended that she begin making flashcards to strengthen her testing vocabulary, and also that she read one or two articles a day from the New York Times or the Wall Street Journal, or some publication that uses similarly advanced language. Looking forward to next week."
"We reviewed and discussed the list of English words and Latin/Greek roots vocab the student had memorized in the few weeks. She did very well, although discussion revealed that she had misunderstood (not fully understood) a couple of the words. I cleared this up through discussion and example usage. I assigned the next set of vocab for week. I encouraged her to do a full-length practice test as soon as possible. We reviewed a prob/stat/data Math problem we had started last session and continued with these kinds of problems in the remaining Math sections of the second practice test. I had the student do timed Writing sections in a second test. We debriefed about problems after each section. I also showed the student problems in Reading sections that would count as "Writer's Craft", another category she had trouble with on the PSAT. I assigned the student to either continue working on timed Writing sections in further practice tests or do a full length test."