Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We deviated from the structure a bit by beginning with tips and methods for approaching each section given the time constraints and question types. We reviewed chunking for filling in the MC. We also went through estimation & process of elimination, but I specifically went through how to use the rules of positive & negative, odd & even, and large & small numbers to eliminate options. I also stressed that when in doubt, choose a number that meets the criteria and try it out. We then went through practice questions that posed issues for them."
"The student and I first checked over the homework he was left, including a practice essay that we had planned together. This essay was short, but its organization and style was a significant improvement. He also did much better with staying on topic. He did reasonably well on his math and writing homework and seemed to understand all explanations of wrong answers. I then gave him one section of timed math practice and one section of timed critical reading practice. He did much better on the critical reading section than he had done on his practice test; his math score also improved. I'm very happy with the progress he's making so far. He was left with math and critical reading homework, as well as an essay to plan and write by himself."
"The student and I worked through her biology exam packet today. We worked primarily on cell respiration and genetics. We discussed that water is the major driving force behind cellular respiration whereas other molecules take this role in plants. We worked a tetra genic inheritance model and I showed her two different ways to find the probability of inheriting a specific genotype. We worked briefly on quadratic equation and introduced what each variable is used for within the quadratic equation in terms of graphing. We have not broached the quadratic formula yet, but will in our next session. She is performing well and has excellent critical thinking skills."
"We reviewed the second vocabulary list I assigned to her. I also quizzed her on the vocabulary from chapters 1-6. We reviewed a few math, verbal, and writing questions from Test 1. Next week, the student is rewriting the essay from Test 1 twice, pro and con. I'll quiz her on vocabulary from Chapters 7-14."
"The student is doing so well on the writing section! She rarely makes errors on the multiple choice section and if her essay is at least an 8, she should be comfortably in the 600s. Her math accuracy has improved on the first half."
"The student and I began the session by going over the verbal section from the practice SAT I had him take last week. We then continued on to work on the math sections of the test."
"Today was my second to last session with the student. We began with a review vocab quiz and analyzed his latest practice test. The student is doing very well on writing and reading. After reviewing his results, we did some more essay practice. We also wrote up some note cards for essay writing and for the writing section. He can look over these note cards to help him prepare for Saturday's test."
"The student requested a math-focused session, so I presented him with a selection of math problems centered (primarily) around the topics that he wanted to address - ratios, probability, combinations, and charts. We briefly discussed the differences between multiple choice and student response questions, and spent the bulk of the session working through high difficulty problems."
"We started off the session with some practice problems as I went over strategy. We also worked on difficult problems and short-cuts/approaches to easier problems. I then had the student take a 1 hour practice test in order to apply what he had learned."
"This was my final session with the student. We worked through some of the more difficult questions from a practice test he had found online. In the writing section, he should remember that the pronouns for subject are I/we/she/he/they, while object pronouns are me/us/her/him/them. In math, he should remember that the most difficult questions will a) include 0 as a value for the variable and b) that solving a problem may require taking an expression out of parentheses rather than simplifying an expression."
"Today, I ran the student through practice essays for the SAT. The student wrote a total of 3 essays; I went through and told him how I would have graded each one. The first essay I gave a score of 4, the second a 5/6, and the third a 5."
"The student and I met for a session of SAT tutoring. In this session we continued to work from the SAT book. We focused on data interpretation, and the different types of graphs one might see on the test. We went over a critical reading section. The student is getting better at the reading portions. So we made some vocab flash cards and went over a few of them. Finally we worked on grammar, where the student is making strides."