Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student and I worked on the English section of the admissions test. We went over the types of questions she will see, some practice problems, and started a practice test. For the most part, she did pretty well. She struggled with questions dealing with definitions of words that the author applied. We didn't have time to complete a full English practice section, so we modified it and adjusted the time for 3 passages. We will go over the answers and finish the other 2 passages next session."
"For most of our session, we went over math problems, the student's main area of weakness. We started by reviewing the problems from test #5. She is still struggling with problems that require a lot of interpretation between the information given in the problem and finding the solution. She feels that she gets stuck interpreting the problem and is unable to find a solution. We talked about the value of just powering through some calculations with the given information in order to see if that helps her get closer to the goal. We also covered pages 365-372. For her homework, she will take practice tests and work on a problem set on functions and geometry of parallel lines. She needs to turn in test 5 for scoring. I assigned a lot of homework, since we aren't meeting this Sunday: finish 373-375, take test 6 by 2/27, 7 by 3/2 (optional practice: 189-195, 185-188, 91-94). We meet next on 3/6 at 2:30"
"Today we completed one complete Math practice test. Initially I planned to test her by giving her 15 questions at a time. At the end of the 15 minutes, we would discuss her answers. She preferred that at least for now we go through the questions together, so we spent the full two hours completing the 60 questions. Overall, she is fully capable of successfully completing all of the questions on her own. Prior to our session next week I told her to complete one more full length Math section. We will not focus on speed just yet, but I want her to record the time it takes for her to complete the full 60 so we know how much faster she needs to go."
"We talked at length about his essay on the last practice test and how to strengthen his argument with more specific details. His performance on the multiple choice sections is strong going into the final weeks before his test."
"We focused on math, since he had very little difficulty on the reading sections assigned for homework. He seemed to fully understand the problems we went over, even those he had originally gotten wrong, with just a little bit of direction at the outset. He is making excellent progress."
"During this session, the student and I focused on English and Reading. We talked about matching the language of the answer choice to the language used in the passage. In English it also helped for him to focus on slowing his pace to avoid mistakes and to read each answer choice out loud in the sentence. In Reading, it helped to focus on the verb used in each answer choice rather than get misled by the "buzz words" used to lure students in to the incorrect choice. Finally, we did the last 20 questions of a math section since they are the hardest and math is a strong point for the student. This brought up a few important mini lessons on log rules, trig, and the unit circle."
"Got to know student, spent about 30 minutes talking to him about colleges and setting goals re: target score for exam. Student is a junior, will be taking PSAT in October and SAT possibly in junior spring. Student will receive 100% XT accommodation for adhd diagnosis, so section lengths double. Went over basics of test - number of sections, types of questions, guessing/scoring strategy, etc. Had student take 1 diagnostic reading section & he scored a 540. Used 40 minutes due to XT. Spent remaining half hour of session discussing summer reading. We went over 2 books the student is supposed to read, and made selection from a list of choices provided by school. Will check in weekly with student about how his reading is going and help him structure the essay he has to write for each book."
"We covered the English section of the ACT, specifically going over a practice test in the student's test prep book. A couple of the trends we noted were valuing simplicity over complexity, and active voice over passive voice. I recommended taking a timed practice test to gauge how quickly and effectively she is able to answer these types of questions."
"Today, I met with the student for the first time and got to know her a bit, as well as what she's looking to get out of tutoring. We went through short practices of each ACT subject so that I could see how she works through the problems. She did well for the first day, and already has a good grasp on what she needs to do. The primary areas we will focus on will be strengthening certain parts of the different sections where she needs to improve, and working on her overall test-taking and time management skills. I also asked her to complete a full untimed practice test before our next session so that we can review it and begin to uncover where her strengths and weaknesses lie in the different sections. Overall, it was a great first session."
"The student and I met for our first session today. We discussed his previous SAT attempts, as well as his goals for the exam he will be taking in October. He wants to focus primarily on math, but we will also review reading comprehension and writing. He will complete several practice sections before our next meeting."
"Today, we drilled writing and math by discussing misplaced modifiers and faulty comparisons in the writing section, solving equations with x in both numerators and denominators, determining the number of (x,y) solution pairs to multivariate equations, and lines, slopes, and intercepts in the xy plane. The student answered nearly every question correctly and seemed to understand in retrospect how to reason to the right answer for any questions he missed, which is a good sign."
"We reviewed the student's SAT math homework. He got all the hard questions correct, but we will be focusing on ways to avoid minor errors. We then worked on some reading comprehension questions. He generally does very well, especially on the long passages. The sections with two authors/passages are a bit trickier, so I urged him to read the questions very carefully because he sometimes misunderstands the question's intent. As for the writing section, he excels in the sentence revisions and does well on most of the error identifications. I will provide him with some additional practice questions so he will become even more comfortable with the error identifications in the future."