Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session was a general review session to help the student feel prepared for her test this this weekend. We focused a lot on going over general test strategies for all three sections. We also did a bit of review on some more questions she couldn't figure out. As long as she remains focused and doesn't let anything get to her head, I think she will do very well on her first real test."
"At Wednesday's session, the student and I worked on writing and mathematics. She has trouble with run-on sentences and fragments, so we reviewed the most basic elements of a sentence: subject and verb. We worked through a number of exercises in which she identified subjects and verbs. Next, we worked on adding and subtracting polynomial expressions. She has a good grasp on how to accomplish addition and subtraction of polynomial expressions but occasionally has difficulty with positive and negative signs."
"We went through a couple sections of writing, through which the student flew. She only needs to practice the more difficult/subtle error ID and sentence improvement questions. We then discussed the finer points of the essay, such as organization, mechanics, and idea expression, and found/discussed examples of these in the sample essays provided in the admissions test guide. I recommended that she write a sample essay so that I can give her feedback. We finished up with a practice math section which proved to be a little more difficult with the latter questions, but she should be able to tackle these with continued practice. I also recommended that she do at least one math and writing practice section on her own before the next session."
"This was our last scheduled session before the student takes the admissions test next month. In preparation he took a full practice test in test-like conditions, and showed excellent improvement. If he keeps up his prep he is definitely on track to meet or exceed his score goals on test day. We went over the answers he needed some review on from the practice tests, and also reviewed his essay and worked through some targeted problems on working with exponents, factoring quadratics, and recognizing plural subject-verb agreement, which were areas he struggled with on the practice test. The biggest thing he needs to focus on moving forward is avoiding errors by working on pacing and emphasizing careful reading and marking up questions."
"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 I have asked them to write essays based on prompts from the blue book."
"I emailed the student some reference material for the math section so that she can begin working on her toolbox when time permits. I tried to explain the usefulness of the toolbox in regards to improving her score and time management. We then reviewed one of the English sections that she had taken on her own time. We were able to correctly answer the questions that she got wrong. I explained the reading out loud method and the importance of using appropriate pauses. We finished up with a bit of a practice reading section. I explained the basics as well as the key ways of making sure your answer is correct (contextual support)."
"We went over the next GED workbook section involving graphing, statistical analysis, and probability. We also went back over the geometry section involving surface area and volume of figures. We then went over some general info about test-taking and the layout of the GED. I assigned the student a practice test to try and see what sections he was having problems with. Overall, the student seemed to understand the material very well."
"The student and I and met for our first session of SAT tutoring. We mainly focused on math for this first session. We worked on basic arithmetic, focusing on percents and fractions. The student needed plenty of help, but was able to get many of the concepts with help from me. Now we have to see if the lessons stick for him. We also worked on the critical reading section. The student needs to work on his vocab, and practice his critical reading."
"We continued covering the mathematics sessions, focusing on geometry. We covered a wide variety of question types and reviewed geometric properties like the triangle inequality, area formulas, and angle relationships. We also reviewed some vocabulary-based reading questions. I left the student with some extra practice, including a practice SAT test."
"The student and I went over her work so far, and we discussed what she felt she needed help on. We also talked about what practice books to work with and schedules. Today's topical focus was on linear equations, parabolas, and percents. I told her to do a few sections of math practice from a practice book."
"Both of them did well on the homework. Student A got a 580 and Student B got a 650 on Critical Reading. I've been stressing that this is a logic test, and I think the process for narrowing down the wrong answers instead of picking the 'general fit' best answer is finally making sense to both of them. Both of them are doing well on the vocab section. Lastly, we talked over the essay, discussing the criteria they will be graded on and practicing brainstorming, as generating evidence is most of the battle on the essay."
"We covered questions the student got wrong on practice test #7. Her combined score for this test is 2170, again hitting and going beyond her target score. She's been doing fantastic on the Reading section (780). Her score on the math section has also improved significantly. After going over the questions, we practiced more by doing all the extra practice questions for Math and Reading sections in the book. No concerns."