Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I began with a quick review of the math assignment he had been given. The student now has the equations and knowledge that he needs. We then went on to a review of the verbal section and the essay writing section. We discussed how to think about the large philosophical questions often posed by the SAT in terms of personal experience and everyday life. l left the student with a few essay prompts to write essays for and I will be assigning him some verbal sections for us to pick up on."
"During this session, the student and I worked on exercises that addressed all sections of the ACT, but in some more "real-life" ways. He analyzed several articles or sections of articles, and answered questions I asked him similar to those we've seen on the reading passages. To emphasize the importance of understanding graphs and figures in the science section, he analyzed several online graphs about the spread and deadliness of Ebola in West Africa. To practice his brainstorming, problem-solving, and argument-building skills needed for the writing section, I gave him a few prompts about ethical scenarios and had him brainstorm solutions or pick a solution and defend it. He had a question about simplifying equations, so we did several problems just on that, and I have prepared more such exercises for our coming sessions. We talked about taking notes on the reading passages. (He answered one passage 100% right without taking any notes, which was very impressive.) For tough passages, notes are helpful, while for some others if he is understanding it well, note-taking doesn't seem necessary. We also talked about skipping a question that requires you to read a chunk of the passage over again- skip ahead to see if there are any easy, quick questions to answer first, then come back if time allows. We ended with a very tough science passage. Even not understanding the passage well, he could see that 2-3 of the questions could still be answered without difficulty, as long as he read the question carefully and used whatever information he was able to understand, even if it was just a couple of basic facts. At this point we are focusing on timing and strategy."
"Today, the student and I worked through the math and writing portion of the SAT. She plans on working through an entire SAT test before the next time I see her. We then went over a few SAT math concepts, particularly geometry. We reviewed different geometric methods for triangles and circles. The book had practice problems dealing with each of these topics, so we worked through those to clarify any confusion she previously had. I helped her break down the problems and do each one step by step to see how to get the answer given the information that the problem provides. Next, we moved on to the writing portion of the SAT. I gave her some tips and tricks about the essay first, dealing especially with what exactly the essay reviewers are looking for. We briefly reviewed some grammar topics and then worked through a couple of practice problems on improving the sentence and identifying errors. She was very good at these problems and worked very quickly through them. Timing is not an issue at all for her."