Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we reviewed some of the student's Math homework. We had problems that included logic, geometric probability, and data analysis. We then finished the math section with re-approaches to logic and data analysis problems. We spent most of our time reviewing probability, combinations, factorials, and permutations."
"The student and I went through his writing test today, focusing on agreement and idiomatic rules. He picks up quickly, and, when presented with new rules, adapts. I asked him to complete another diagnostic test for me for next time."
"The student completed on his own about 2/3 or more of ch 13 in math. We went over it, and he finished it. We worked through about half of chapter 17 in grammar. We will revisit working on vocabulary and continue with both areas of Math and English today. He says he feels "good" about the test being only 2 weeks away; we're going to meet 3x/wk. until the test."
"We went over the student's math and writing homework. She is still struggling a bit with identifying the type of math problem she is looking at. We then did some reading practice. We need to work on minimizing the time taken to complete a reading passage, but her comprehension is very good. Then we worked on math (percents and negatives) and writing (parallelism). I asked her to do research on essay topics, write an essay, and do a reading section for next week."
"The student and I worked on a social sciences reading passage from an ACT exam to talk about reading comprehension skills for the SAT, ACT, and AP exams. This passage is quite dense, and so we took the whole work line by line in order to break it down. For the most part, he has great skills in organizing information, but he has a tendency to misread crucial relationships between sentence ideas. We talked about this issue and worked on identifying how a sentence is structured in terms of its transitions to signal/highlight how its contents are supposed to assemble in relation to the individual sentence and the other sentences around it. Getting him to realize these connections will be crucial in helping him decode the passages to answer the associated questions correctly. We will transition back into SAT passage work with the critical reading sections from practice exam 9 next week."
"Today we focused mostly on the Critical Reading section. The student's vocabulary is on point, which makes the sentence completions relatively easy for him. He struggles a little with reading comprehension mainly because he reads too fast, and as a result does not always understand the main idea of the passages. We went through several passages today, focusing on the big picture view. For each of the questions, I wouldn't let him move on without providing evidence for the answers he picked; and I emphasized that concept throughout the lesson. We ended the day with some geometry, which he is improving on. As long as he draws an accurate picture of the situation and proceeds slowly, he is able to find the correct answer."
"We covered grammar issues (sentence corrections) as well as proofing quite a few questions from the practice tests she's taken. I gave her some feedback on some recent essay all of which were GREAT and needed very little improvement. I assigned her two different types of practice tests for next time."
"We spent the first 1.25 hours on critical reading by focusing on a single long passage and the corresponding questions. We built on the student's already strong critical reading skills. One area we need to improve is her general vocabulary. We spent the remaining 45 minutes on math where we learned a few algebra tricks and developed some geometry skills."
"We continued discussing her math book, reviewing the questions she had difficulty with. We also reviewed a math and a writing section from her past practice test. She is working on bringing up her writing score by identifying areas that need more practice. And for math, we are focusing on increasing the accuracy of her answers."
"During today's session, I proctored a full mock SAT examination. The student successfully completed the test without any noticeable concentration problems. I plan to score and analyze her exam tonight to narrow the focus of our few remaining study sessions and target any conceptual or content-knowledge deficiencies."
"I reviewed the math practice problems that the student completed. Overall, I saw a lot of progress, and anticipate that she will do remarkably better. As soon as she looked at the problems today, she understood them. We then switched gears and reviewed the reading comp. and writing sections. She seemed to perform generally well and I left her with practice problems to test her ability. Next time, we will review her work."
"Today we went through a writing and a math section and covered some math concepts. She did very well with the writing. Two of the questions she answered incorrectly were prepositional phrases, and after going over the question types, she is less likely to get them wrong next time. We also went over special triangles, ratios, and remainders today."