Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I completed our final session before the SAT this Saturday. We reviewed the math and writing sections of the test. The student struggles a bit with the more difficult math problems, but he does have the ability to answer them correctly. With regard to writing, he has a bit of difficulty internalizing the grammar rules, but he is making improvements in that section."
"Today we reviewed the essay and moved on to working on the other parts of the writing section. We dissected her practice essay and focused on how to improve the structure and examples. We reworked it by thinking of new examples and focusing on being more specific. She finished within 25 minutes, so it doesn't appear that timing will be a problem. We then talked about basic grammar that is necessary for the sentence error section of the writing. We began practicing and I walked her through the process of finding the error -- checking carefully, going through a check-list of common errors, not being afraid to pick No Error, and not always trusting your ear. I assigned her some practice work from the book and another sample essay."
"The student and I continued work on the writing test today. We looked at several released revision questions and talked through the answers. I asked him to prepare a narrative essay for me."
"We went over context clues fill in the blank question, working on vocabulary. She has a good intuition for picking up on context once she knows the meaning of the vocabulary words though."
"Helped student analyze symbolism in literature and music: "All the world's a stage" (Shakespeare) and a line from a popular current song. Also had student create short stories today - continue working to get student to be more descriptive rather than using the term "it" to explain things in his stories"
"The student explained to me that she was taking a prep course for the test she is scheduled to take in May of this year. We spent the time reviewing some basic arithmetic principles and operations that she needed some refresher on (e.g., addition, subtraction and multiplication of decimals)."
"This was the student's final session before his test. He did well in English. We reviewed a little of the reading session to further address his concerns about inferences in the section. I left him with a list of strategies to use on the test day and told him to let me know when he gets his scores back."
"The student read all the necessary articles last night and so today we were able to turn in a big assignment. His assignment was about thesis statements and purpose statements. One of the student's challenges is listening to long texts on his text-to-speech program. The student had a great idea to take screenshots of sections in the article he thought would be most important to the assignment. He was then able to refer back to the text without having to listen through each section. I also read the screenshots of the important sections which allowed me to further help the student's comprehension on the subject. I think we have found a system that will be useful for both of us."
"We spent the session reviewing all relevant math concepts/formulas and practiced a handful of difficult problems. We also pored through a long reading passage, noting the patterns along the way. I recommended that the student continue to do difficult practice problems on his own, as well as to look through the math tips. He said he was consistently going through vocabulary. I think he will do well on the test, and he should get a good night's rest and relax before tomorrow morning."
"We worked on her essay writing some more today, as well as math and test taking strategies. She will take the SAT test for the first time tomorrow, and I have advised her to take this as a learning experience rather than her official test. I would like to keep working with her during the summer or fall to try to improve her score some more after she has learned from taking the first SAT."
"The student had not seen the official practice test online, so we began with this. We then used examples of common mistakes to practice correcting common usage errors. He wrote briefly to a prompt and showed generally solid control over usage and mechanics. We reviewed the essay scoring rubric and emphasized taking time before writing to pin down organization. We will probably want to stress development of details, reasons, etc. supporting the argument also. The student will write to a prompt I assigned before next session and will review the sample essays available in the practice document."
"Today we practiced the technique of picking values on the math section. We also reviewed key math terminology, such as integers, units digit, and quadratics. We spend approximately 15 minutes drilling for the writing section a writing practice section as extra practice."