Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Reviewed the diagnostic test and saw where she was struggling topic-wise. He score was high but mistakes came from either rushing or having not seeing the material before. Covered the topics she seemed to not know in more depth by going over and explaining the questions where she was incorrect, as well as going into more depth about general topics, mostly dealing with optics. She was left with a practice test for her to try as well as more review."
"The student and I went over our last set of vocabulary words today; this set seemed to go a little more smoothly than the rest. We also practiced a lot more sentence-completion questions, and I noticed that she was understanding the vocabulary a little better, able to answer more questions on her own or with less explanation than yesterday. Next week, we will begin working on essays; I have asked her to try a practice essay before our next session."
"SAT: Went over practice Math and Reading sections the student had completed for homework - she excels on the passage-based questions. Reviewed and practiced strategy for sentence completions, and with practice, even the ones she didn't get right she was able eliminate 2 or 3 wrong answers. Practiced some sentence improvement questions and outlining a response to a sample essay prompt, then completed a Math section as well."
"We first reviewed general ACT strategies. Then, we finished one entire English section and most of a Math section. Her English score improved a few points. For homework, she will complete a full English section and a full Math section."
"The student continues to improve and his cumulative score is approaching 2100. He received a 670CR/670M/730W split. He occasionally misunderstands the meaning of a question and that costs him a few correct responses at the end of the math section or critical reading section. Overall, though, he is doing very well and is a few questions away from scores in the low-mid 700s in each section. In the future, I will transition to the ACT with him because his mom wants to get an idea of which test better suits him."
"I quickly went through the SAT book with the student giving him the test prep lowdown on it all. I told him that he should read all the directions for each section of the test before the actual exam to help him save time for answering the questions during the actual exam. I showed him the sample essays in the book to basically give him some guidance when writing his own. I asked him how he would set up an essay given the very limited amount of time he will have to write it, and he actually already has a solid idea of what the intro should look like, how to mention 2-3 details, etc. He also already has a good vocabulary based on the vocab questions we looked at. He did pretty well on the math questions we went over. His homework is to answer some reading comprehension questions and to write an essay for me so that I can see what his writing skill is like."
"Reading and science practice. The student is showing improvement on the material presented on the test and seems to be getting a bit more comfortable. The time limit remains a struggle, and we will focus on this."
"The student and I reviewed the math worksheets from last time. We worked on English and science mainly. Her timing is definitely improving as are her answers! She was able to raise her total score a point and is nearing her goal score. Well done!"
"Today, we finished the chapter on vectors and parametric equations. We discussed eliminating parameters and graphs of polar functions including transitioning from polar to rectangular space. Lastly, we started the chapter on systems of equations including solving systems by substitution and elimination."
"Today we graded 2 more practice sections that the student completed - one math and one critical reading. There are still 4 sections to complete before we can get his scores. While grading the reading section, we began a vocabulary list where he can write down words he doesn't know or isn't sure of the definition. We will write the definitions each week so he can improve his knowledge of frequently-tested words. We continued going through math principles and he did very well. He didn't miss any questions dealing with equations, vertical and supplementary angles, or parallel lines, and he only missed one of the triangle questions."
"We talked about previous practice/actual tests that she had taken and where she felt that she could use the most work. She expressed feeling stressed for time and lacking confidence in the science and math sections. We went through a couple practice passages in the science section going over how to interpret graphs and charts. Afterwards, we covered the fundamentals of the mathematics section ensuring that the student felt comfortable with most if not all of the concept covered in the math section. I gave her some practice problems to go over before our next session."
"The student had a great session again on Friday. He had already completed an English and math examination so it was easy to simply review some of his mistakes and go over more techniques on how to solve more of the "harder" difficult problems. For example, I used a box in his home to demonstrate how to visualize and solve the more difficult three dimensional math problems and how it ties in to the basics he already knows (e.g., Pythagorean's theorem). As far as assignments, he will be completing entire SAT practice exams, and we will review those he has difficulty with. His test date is coming up (early October) so we have to be on top of it. Finally, his pace when it comes to taking the exam is great. He just needs to work on being accurate and a bit more meticulous in his approach to the math problems."