Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"She completed the rest of a math section. She then did a practice writing prompt. Her writing has improved tremendously since the last prompt, probably a result from the practice drafts she wrote from the previous prompt and her English class."
"Today we focused on the writing section, practicing multiple choice questions for improving sentences, identifying sentence errors, and improving paragraphs. We also spent 10-15 minutes discussing the essay and reviewing past essay prompts. No concerns to report."
"We went over vocabulary for the first 45 minutes, which the student had prepared for very well. She was able to answer most questions about definitions and seemed to do a lot of work. After that we did critical reading, which she has made some nice progress in. At the very end, we went over a writing section."
"We talked some more about the critical reading section. He generally realizes his errors when reviewing, so we need to work on keeping focused and not rushing through just to get to the end. Discussed his concerns with the essay, but I think he is confident with the outlining portion and just needs to work on writing with accurate grammar. We reviewed probability and counting principles, and, based on his diagnostic from the tutoring site, I will send him more to practice. His assignment for Saturday is to do a full practice test, do the Lines diagnostic on the tutoring site, and to review sentence errors chapter and do the practice problems."
"The student took the SAT this past Saturday. We talked a little about how he found it--what he found easy or difficult. He said that, overall, it was easier than he expected. He did mention however that he found the double long passages in the Critical Reading sections especially difficult. He wasn't sure how to apply our technique to them so we practiced a few of those passages together until he felt pretty comfortable with them. He did well--even with the compare/contrast questions which he had found difficult on his SAT. We also went over the essay he wrote (not bad--4/6) and then wrote another one (very good, 6/6)"
"Discussed the student's recent SAT. She said the math was harder than she thought, while she thinks the Reading and English went well. Worked through a Math section in a practice SAT to introduce useful strategies and practiced some Reading and Writing."
"The student began by working through two reading passages. We then did two writing sections, two math (one combined, one multiple choice), and a reading section. As always, the student did very well, only missing a few questions per section."
"This week, the student and I worked in depth on the writing section of the test. We worked through dangling modifiers, parallelism, "neither...nor"/"either...or" and idiom answers. We also worked through the three SAT writing question types: improving sentences, identifying sentence errors and improving paragraphs. He is already picking up strategies for approaching these questions quite quickly. He has mastered "and I" vs. "and me" questions. He's also picking up vocabulary, getting all 20 word definitions correct for this week. For next week, I am sending 20 more words to review. In addition, I am asking that he complete a writing section in an SAT practice book. Great work this week."
"This was our last chance to meet before his SAT. We focused on his math section. We went over some of the problems that he had missed on his homework and I showed him some good general techniques to use for problems of combinations and permutations."
"The student worked on several mathematical reasoning puzzles today. She is actually quite good at math! I hope that the more she does, the more comfortable she will become in her abilities."
"The student is improving markedly in math. She is needing help with identifying sentence errors questions. We worked on writing and math, especially geometry. I will be assigning her some problem sets and I have asked her to get a book recommendation."
"We spent 30 minutes reviewing the 'identifying sentence error' questions that we worked on yesterday. The student already showed improvement. We then went over strategies he can use on the sentence completion questions in the reading section of the SAT. We talked about when to guess and when not to guess and worked on using the vocabulary he already has to his advantage. We started work on reading comprehension and finished by outlining a practice essay question together. I will email a few practice questions for extra review over the weekend."