Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We started to review some of the vocab words he missed, and worked through some reading passages together. I suggested that he continue to work on the reading portion."
"We worked on a math section together. The student will complete the section for homework and also try to memorize all of his vocab index cards for next week."
"I went over the PSAT with the student, giving him strategies for the different sections and going over practice problems with him."
"The student and I covered more practice exams, in continuation with our previous session. She did 2 critical reading sections - one standard critical reading section (the extended paragraph analysis) and a compare/ contrast section. She's able to narrow it down to at least 2 answer choices a healthy majority of the time, and the right answer is still in the mix; however, it's picking between those two "iffy" answers that we've got to be able to work through. It's obvious she's been putting in her work throughout the sections as there's marked improvement in her comprehension! We did another practice math section together, working through a lot of the problems without time-duress, but they were significantly harder in difficulty. She's able to get the easy problems at almost a 95+% clip, and she can get the medium problems at a slightly lower (but still great) 85+% clip, but it's those "hard" level problems that really separate a test-taker from a National Commended/ National Merit. We covered "implied" areas in math, where there are certain figures that have implied dimensions given that you correctly inferred other parts of the problem. She's doing great!"
"This session, the student and I focused on going over the practice test that I had him take, and correcting any wrong answers that he got. Much of it was math based, so I took some time to explain the concepts that he was having trouble with. After that, we went ahead and started with the writing passages. I taught him how to correct certain mistakes and it was a successful session overall!"
"Lots of intro stuff and quick tips on couple of math strategies involving backsolving and picking #s."
"This was the student's last session before the test; we reviewed strategies for all sections. In the Reading section, we worked on both SC & Passage-Based questions. We then worked on Math, including grid-ins; then Writing, mostly Identifying Sentence Errors, but also some Improving Sentences; concision and how to tell if extra words are valuable or fluff."
"This was our last meeting before the student's test date. We reviewed questions from each area of the test and went over his most commonly missed types of questions and useful test strategies."
"Got a sense of the student's ability level/where she is, as far as understanding the material. Began to work through some problems & concepts."
"I wanted to do an overview of all of our test taking strategies in each section. The student does extremely well in reading and needs very little guidance in her approach to those questions. She lacks confidence in her math skills because she isn't always consistent in her scoring and has difficulty grasping some concepts quickly. However, once explained, I think the material is easy for her to understand and we are continuing to work to get her confidence up. I am teaching her how to approach problems from a more "humanities"-minded perspective instead of having her fret over not getting the math perfect. She also did well in the writing section."
"I met with the student at her home at 10:30 a.m. this morning. The student and I discussed her previous experience taking the PSAT, and then I administered a practice exam for her (section by section). At the end of the test, I tallied up raw and scaled scores for each section. The scaled scores were as follows: Critical Reading - 52, Math - 42, Writing - 56, for a total overall score of 150, a little lower than her previous score of 156. She told me that she was very much out of practice with school subjects, particularly math. She has just started classes so she will most likely begin to remember what she did last year. We also discussed going forward with our sessions and made plans to meet again in a week on Saturday at 10 a.m. Looking over the practice test, it definitely seems to me that long readings and analysis afterwards takes up the most time and energy for her during the Critical Reading sections. It also seems that she tries to answer every question - I hope to teach her techniques for answering the right questions in the right way the first time during a given section, and then returning to more difficult ones later. We also determined that practicing with weekly homework assignments would help her to become accustomed to the style & format of the PSAT. I gave her some reading about math tactics, with problems following, from her test prep book for next week, specifically about how to understand math questions that are meant to "trick" the student (by wording the question in an odd way, etc.). I think that she has the capability to do very well on these if she works through them with time, effort, and practice. Overall a good start and diagnostic session."
"We continued to work on practice problems today, focusing on the areas that the student had trouble in for the most part. His test is very soon, so practice problems are the best thing for him to do at this point since we have covered all of the material. He demonstrated a great vocabulary again, answering very few sentence completion questions incorrectly and showing his ability to work his way through questions even when he doesn't know exactly what the words mean. He also showed no trouble tackling more Improving the Sentence questions, and has incorporated the strategies we have been working on regarding looking for common grammar mistakes for these types of questions. Math still gives him some trouble, but he has definitely made progress. He did some hard questions today and went through them slowly, focusing on the step-by-step technique of attacking them. We spent a little extra time on percentages, and will do a lot more math problems next time to be sure he is ready for the PSAT."