Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we worked on reading and writing. Student picked a book about pumpkins from the library, and then we wrote instructions for a game that she invented based on the book."
"We went over practice math problems for the SAT exam. The problems were from the student's SAT prep book. By the end of the session, he was able to solve the problems correctly."
"The student and I finished covering math concepts and she did a math quiz to test her progress, and went over questions she had."
"Again we reviewed material for all sections of the test. During this session we also added strategies for more of the multiple choice grammar/ writing section and continued to review all the other strategies we've covered. Homework will include doing whole, timed sections of each type plus yet another essay."
"We did sections from the fifth practice test, including 2 reading sections and 1 math section. Before next meeting (on Tuesday; the last before the test), the student will take practice test #3 on Saturday morning, and, depending on how she feels about that test, she will try to take practice test #4, probably on Tuesday. Also, on Sunday and Monday, she will do some online research into the most frequently appearing vocabulary words on past SAT."
"We began with some writing questions, all of which the student answered correctly. We discussed pronoun "person" and number. We moved on to math and worked on some problems she had at home as well as questions found online and in old SAT tests: literal equations, functions, series, sequences, and lots of word problems. We plan to meet Tuesday morning for an hour and continue with math."
"Today's session was again focused on review and practice. We began by completing the remaining passages in the science portion that we had started last time. We worked through the remaining research summaries passages and the lone comparing viewpoints passage. The student continued to use the strategies we covered last time. We also reviewed a few scientific concepts, such as density's relationship to temperature and the origins of the unit mm HG. Next, we reviewed the student's English section strategies by completing three practice passages. We completed the first one together and the second two alone with a time restraint. She is still completing tasks with spare time, and I want her to start using her extra time to recheck some of her answers. I have assigned her a practice math test to be completed by next session, and we will spend next session entirely on the math portion."
"We did reading for the first half, and the student did very well. He reads at a good pace, and comprehends it all. He only missed a couple questions. The rest of the time we worked on math. He struggled more here, mostly just missing little things. We worked on timing, though, and it will improve. He has homework to do a couple of math problems a day and review a couple of the concepts we talked about on his own."
"We worked on providing details and sequence of events in writing. We also worked on sentence completion and finding the best words for a specific writing topic. Lastly, I had the student write three paragraphs with four sentences each to a writing prompt. I will be making edits and sharing my feedback with her at the next session."
"We covered two SAT Math practice tests and started a third one. The student is studying well and answering more of the problems correctly than on the ACT. She is working on refining her word problem solving skills. Next session we will finish going over the Math practice tests and briefly discuss the other sections of the SAT."
"The student did well on his critical reading practice from this session, netting a 17/24 score, but a few issues came up on math. We went over strategies to use in geometry problems that are drawn to scale (use spatial thinking to estimate!) and those that are not drawn to scale - these are harder for him, but if he uses clues in answer choices, as in ones that involve radical 2 or radical 3, he can get an idea of what kind of formula or situation applies (e.g. Pythagorean Theorem). In problems where the answer choices are made up of expressions or inequalities with variables, he needs to plug in numbers that make sense to come to a tangible result."
"The student has decided to take the ACT in February and the new SAT in March in hopes of boosting her score. The biggest problem for her on the last test was endurance during the reading section, which we will have to work on because the new SAT has much more time allotted for that. Today, we went over math in the prep book because that will be weighted more heavily on the new SAT. We also started Practice Exam 1 online from the new test prep resources, and I gave her more options for daily practice so she can become familiar with the test changes. Overall, I'm very encouraged by her resilience and her willingness to continue learning. I hope that she will work diligently over the next two months and be confident about both the ACT and new SAT."