Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I spent most of our time going over identifying errors questions. First we went through several questions together, identifying the subject and verb, pronoun and antecedent, and parallelism if applicable. She then went through three sets on her own. After each one, I helped to clarify minor details she had questions about and reminded her to look out for idiomatic phrasing. We finished off the session by doing one multiple choice math section, one short sentence improvement section, and one short reading section (with some sentence completion and one long reading passage). She did very well on all of these."
"Today was our review session for the upcoming May 3rd SAT. It was an open kind of lesson where we spent most of our time returning to questions and concepts that have given them trouble. Most of what we did was math, but we also reviewed a little bit on vocabulary. I threw in a few new hard questions I have found just to keep them on their toes. It was a very smooth review session and we hit a lot of good important points, along with the things that only get touched on a little bit such as the triangle inequality. I am very confident that they will all get excellent scores on Saturday."
"The student did a math, critical reading, and writing section in preparation for the May 3rd test date. We went over the problems she got wrong. I then gave her a handwritten sheet of test reminders and covered what she should bring to the test on Saturday and what to keep in mind when taking the SAT."
"Went over sample math questions from an SAT book she had been assigned for homework. Emphasis on concepts she was less comfortable with including averages, slope, and functions. Practiced more sample math questions, and went over appropriate plugging in strategy. She was planning to take the SAT on Sunday essentially as a practice run, so we discussed that and also scheduled the final sessions."
"We did a final study session in preparation for the SAT on Saturday. The student and I feel confident that he'll do even better than he did on the ACT. This will be our last session together, and I'm sure he will be successful going forward in his education."
"Since this was our final session, we spent equal amounts of time discussing approaches and working through problems from all three SAT-tested subjects. He remained focused and engaged to the last minute. We began with a selection of difficult math problems. The student had a good grasp regarding the approach to each question type. We moved forward to a practice reading section that included a long dual passage. He logically worked through the questions and correctly justified his answer choices. When he remembers to use the first and last sentences/paragraphs as his guides, he easily selects the correct answers to main idea questions. We ended with a writing section. The first few sentences functioned as a warm-up for him. He quickly got into the grammar flow. I wish him the best of luck this weekend!"
"The student and I worked question by question through a math section and then a reading section, and then worked on a timed reading section. She struggled with ratios a bit, so that is the math topic we will focus on next time."
"We reviewed sentence completion questions (as a continuation from our previous session) and then moved on to covering algebra-based math problems. We started with a review of some algebra topics, and then used a wide variety of practice problems from the book. I suggested several extra practice activities, including taking a practice test."
"Today we specifically covered the math section of the SAT. It seemed like there was marked improvement on the verbal sections, so we focused on math. Because she's taking her exam this weekend, we focused mostly on timing and how to maximize points in the time given. We will continue sessions to prepare for the next exam she takes in June."
"The student and I worked on writing and reading comprehension in our session. We will continue this work, and I encourage her to continue to review her vocab, and also to begin to assemble a collection of examples which she can use in her essays. Nice work!"
"This was the student's final session before the SAT. We managed to review a long Reading passage and a full set of sentence improvements and sentence errors for the Writing section. The new strategy for approaching passages in a general, rather than detail-oriented, sense seems to be paying off, as his performance on the passage was quite good. He struggled some on the Writing section, but we went over some common question types and "trigger" words to look out for. I have emailed him a summary of Writing section strategies and a few pages in the book about parallelism to help him with any last-minute review before the exam."
"The student and I looked over his last practice test, on which he had improved by about 200 points. He's shown vast improvement on critical reading and writing (including the essay), and we reviewed concepts he knows and could brush up on. We practiced free-response math. He will do great on the test!"