Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We began by going over some math homework briefly. We then did a little work on algebra and spent the rest of the time on scrambled paragraphs and logical reasoning."
"In today's session, we began working towards building the student's understanding of the format and structure of the SAT test, as well as her bank of strategies and techniques to use both in making the best use of her time on the test and in tackling questions she might feel challenged on. We began with general strategies, to be used on the entire test (these included things like knowing which sections list questions in order of difficulty, doing the short reading passages first, taking educated guesses, etc.) and moved on to strategies for each individual section of the test (Math, Sentence Completions, Reading Passages, etc.). As we've identified the Reading and Writing sections as particularly challenging for her, we focused a large amount of our time in this session on how to work through a Reading Passage - underlining key words that often denote a change in focus or opinion, making notes in the margin to simplify ideas and make them easy to reference, etc. We'll be continuing to target this in the coming weeks. We didn't make it through the entire strategy bank, so we'll finish this next session, and continue to work on tackling the sentence completion and reading passage sections. In addition to the bulk of today's session, I created a set of vocabulary flash cards for her. We did an initial run through them at the start of today's session, and we'll continue to do so at the start of every session moving forward. I've asked her to try to look them over at least once a day between our weekly sessions."
"In our session, I assigned the student a practice math section, followed by a writing section. I asked him to make another attempt at each of the problems he'd missed, taking time to make sure he knew what the questions were asking of him, and what information they provided. Not surprisingly, he got most of them correct, and only needed my help on the advanced questions. Because he finished the section with five minutes left over, I advised him to work more slowly through the test. We then switched to the writing section. He took a practice section on his own, and together we analyzed his answers. He intuits grammar pretty well. I showed him how to recognize when a problem is asking a question about agreement, and coached him not to take phrases or chunks of sentences out of context. He picked it up quickly, especially the agreement questions."
"In today's session we worked primarily on math topics. I had the student solve problems from the practice exams as she explained her reasoning and procedures. Her average timing on the math is excellent. We spent time on problems involving probability as well as proportions involving growth. In addition, we practiced using substitution to write equations, as well as solving complex equations."
"The student and I covered English usage and mechanics. He took a practice test in Reading Comprehension. He is making progress and achieving 27 and above on practice tests."
"We worked on a couple math sections, first individually, then together. We then went over any the questions the student missed or didn't know how to solve."
"In my session with the student we continued to work on her ACT preparation. After reviewing some of the reading techniques and strategies, we did several practice sections, reading and annotating the passages together and then discussing the questions. She is showing definite improvement, and hopefully over the next two weeks she will be able to put in the time necessary to do enough practice to see a large increase in her score. We also did a section of the English test, working on the very basics of ACT grammar. The last 30 minutes we spent reviewing her personal statement for her college application, extending it some and editing the sentence flow."
"The student and I reviewed the math section from his recent practice test today. Again, it seemed like several of the errors were due to time management; when we reviewed the questions in a less stressful environment he had no problems arriving at the correct answer. After the review we talked more about trigonometry and the unit circle. Since his test date is so close, he is going to take a full practice test both this week and next week, focusing on time management skills. We will take a look at his new score report next week."
"We worked through another SAT Math section, as it was his lowest score of the three sections that we had covered, and as a final overall wrap up before the PSAT. The student definitely looks better than he has in weeks past, and has been trending in the right direction"