Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During this initial session, we completed 1) intake conversation; 2) Critical Reading exercises; and 3) scheduling and plan going forwards. His strengths and learning styles were reviewed in conversation and with the help of his score report from his last SAT. He wants to improve his 1450 to the 1600-1700 range. His best score is in Critical Reading but needs help with sentence completion and vocabulary. In math, he needs extra help with algebra and geometry. In writing, target areas for improvement include the essay and sentence/paragraph improvement questions. He learns best with engaging instruction and is most familiar with someone who can read him the questions and passages just like on his exam and in school. He says that his learning disability is not a problem lately, and he will interrupt the session if he feels he is losing focus, or if the pace is too slow or too fast. We went over the Critical Reading (CR) introductory exercises in the SAT guide. We identified new vocabulary words and assigned them for homework, in addition to the remaining CR exercises in the section as well as a practice CR section from the first SAT Practice Test in the book. I also recommended he check out vocabulary study aids and pick a book best suited for his learning style. We established a schedule for the next two weeks that will involve 7 2-hour sessions. We agreed to assign homework in between sessions to have high-impact study weeks. We agreed that the next session would review his CR and vocabulary homework then cover a Math concepts and questions."
"The student and I did another diagnostic SAT Math exam. She works really fast and has a great understanding of algebra, functions, and geometry. We reviewed logs and their rules. We also worked on some advance algebra problems and discussed ways to rule out certain answers from the start. We will finish this section tomorrow."
"The student and I discussed the 2-passage and short passage reading sections, and then he worked on the essay. We did not look at any of his essays, but we did discuss brainstorming, time management, and how to challenge your own ideas when brainstorming. We also discussed brainstorming synonyms to avoid repetitive vocabulary. We then worked on more reading and some math."