Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student started a new practice test with aims to complete timed sections and use the scoring worksheets in the practice books to determine her real scaled scores. This practice simulated test pressure, and the student was more successful."
"This one hour session covered the beginnings of the middle ages in Europe. The section of the study guide highlighted how the development and spread of Christianity influenced and impacted the growth of European nationalism. The student and I discussed the effects of paradigm shifts in history and how they can have ongoing influences on our modern society. The student and I discussed the meaning of feudalism and early capitalism on peasants and noblemen. We also discussed the beginnings of the Holy Crusades and how they continue to impact our modern concepts of religion and nationality. For our next session we will be covering the conclusion of the medieval period and it impact on the renaissance era. The student did not any concerns about the session beyond curriculum based questions."
"During this session he solved a worksheet on modern physics that the student's teacher had provided him with. This sheet covered the photoelectric effect. We started off by discussing what the photoelectric effect is and the formulas involved in this phenomenon. He then solved questions on the topic from the worksheet. In addition, he solved the modern physics section of a previous exam. The student performed very well on the questions in both the worksheet and the previous assessment test."
"We began the session with the student working through vocab exercises. I am happy to report that she has improved overall, especially in critical reading. She still finds sentence completion to be a challenge because of the vocabulary used, and so I instructed her to keep a daily log of time spent on vocab practice. After that we went through test corrections, and in the process went over the proper use of a semicolon, connecting dependent and independent clauses, breaking down vocabulary, and the 3D distance formula. I also noted that we need to begin next session working on inequalities."
"We discussed the chemistry exam and went over the practice test the student took in preparation for our first session. I gave the student a set of topics to review and he will take another practice test before our next session."
"The student and I had another productive session. He did very well on the reading section homework I had assigned him, although he did miss a couple of the sentence completions so I asked him to do some vocabulary practice for our next session. We spent the rest of the time discussing the writing section, going through improving sentences, identifying sentence errors, and improving paragraphs. The student did very well on these questions. He has a strong ear for what a proper English sentence should sound like."
"For homework, the student reviewed the extensive list of test vocabulary words, prefixes, and suffixes. He seems confident with sentence completion questions overall, so I believe his studying and inherent knowledge base are serving him well. His reading comprehension scores are weaker, so I simplified the text as much as possible and tried to convey the central theme clearly to the student, which seemed to help. As for the writing section, he did well with the easier-medium level questions in sentence revisions and error identifications. I will focus on that math next week."
"Most of our session this week was spent reviewing practice problems and discussing how to recognize correct approaches. We especially focused on feeling comfortable with questions involving coordinate geometry, on careful reading of grammar questions, and on effectively approaching sentence completion questions. We also workshopped an essay and discussed useful sentence formulas for strong topic sentences and effective organization. He showed good progress on the use of key words and other active reading techniques in the passage-based reading section. He will continue to reinforce these skills for our next session by working on more practice problems."
"Today the student and I worked through SAT practice problems. He shows a very high talent for math and only needed a little bit of guidance to work through the problems."
"Today we worked on a math section. In general, the three of them have similar strengths and weaknesses. They are sound in performing operations, which is to say they are very unlikely to make mistakes when computing. Next time, we will work on writing, and so I have asked them to write essays based on prompts from the blue book."
"We worked on reading, writing, and social studies. Her test has been moved up, but if she studies a lot for it then it should go well. She has shown improvement in all subjects."
"The student and I met again today now that AP exams are over. We picked back up with the SAT math prep and worked through some diagnostic tests, especially focusing on working with factors if binomials and trinomials."