Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The bulk of our session was spent working through a practice reading passage. She is very adept at eliminating answer choices so that she is often faced with a choice between two remaining. She will practice comparing answer choices and simply restricting herself to the passage text, resisting the urge to insert her own assumptions into the reasoning process."
"The student had taken the PSAT last week so we decided to go over the exam together. We worked through the problems that he seemed to be struggling with. We notably covered a fair amount of geometry and a few systems of equation problems in the first math section. The reading section was our first major discussion of reading problems in general. The student has good vocabulary skills. We covered a wide variety of material this session and will continue this exam in our next meeting."
"During our last session, the student took a full English test. She finished well within the time limit. This is very good. I suggest that she considers using the extra time to go over some of her work (like the tricky "NOT" questions we discussed). The student scored a 28. In addition, she completed one difficult reading section, which we discussed in detail. We talked about different grammatical concepts, writing strategies, and ways to organize an essay. For homework, the student will complete one full Reading test, one full English test, and write one essay."
"We spent the entire time on the math section. Both students are at relatively similar levels. We talked about creating equations based on sentences, using special triangles, inserting example numbers in conceptual problems, and reducing problems to their most basic issues in order to save time."
"Today we worked mostly on Math and English. She still struggles a bit on the most difficult math problems, but does very well otherwise. We went over some strategies to help her with the English section, which seems to be giving her the greatest difficulty so far. I left her with some grammar rules to look at and a practice test to do by Saturday. Otherwise, her focus will be to make time to keep studying in addition to all of her other schoolwork."
"The student continues to perform at the 2200 level: 710 CR, 730 M, 770 W. At this point, she is getting almost no questions wrong so the only way she can further improve her score is by answering a few more questions that she's currently omitting. She is much more comfortable with math questions involving functions, but I still encouraged her to independently study them with another SAT prep book. Beyond that, I told her to choose the simplest and most obvious answers in the reading comprehension questions. Since she is an AP student, she is accustomed to deeper analysis questions, so I told her not to overthink the questions and go with the literal answer choices."
"Today we completed a little bit of each section focusing mainly on the reading and science sections. He is working on speeding up the reading section quite a bit but he's not really missing many questions, which is good."
"The student and I worked on the Reading portion of the test: strategies for pacing, reading options, types of questions and order of answering questions."
"The student and I reviewed the practice work that she had completed since we last met. She was somewhat frustrated by the number of questions she answered incorrectly. However, on further review she was able to either correct the questions herself or quickly identify why she had made an error. I think the student is showing great progress. She will complete as much of a full-length exam as possible before our next meeting so that we can try to get a raw score for all of the sections to check her progress."
"One student and I went through more of the diagnostic test and practiced different types of problems that she will see on the test. She has some difficulty with rearranging equations and dealing with negatives. She is better with word problems if she reads them out several times to understand what exactly is needed. We will keep working on improving these areas. The other student and I focused more on geometry this time with a packet of problems. Some were more difficult than the test would be, but it was good practice to prepare for the problems he needs work on. He is getting better at slowing down and reading the problems. We will keep working on areas he needs improvement in such as geometry and word problems."
"Covered more ACT math, reading, and science questions. Reviewed assignment from previous week and assigned work for next Tuesday. The student seems to be improving in reading and math sections."
"The student and I worked on vocabulary for the Critical Reading section. She informed me that her AP Language course is also helping her practice critical reading passages and essay writing. As she continues to build vocabulary, her score will continue to improve. By November, I expect her critical reading score to be in the 600's."