Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student did not complete any practice test sections since our last session. We did critical reading questions for most of the session, since this was the subject he was most concerned about, focusing the most time on passage-based reading questions. He did well overall but needs to work faster in general. We discussed strategies for this-- and I emphasized the importance of doing more practice outside of our sessions! We spent the last few minutes of the session reviewing the "functions" section of the math review in the SAT guide."
"Went over the homework I assigned. He did really well on the math section. We then went over the reading section and discussed approaches to solving the reading problems. We started doing the same for the writing section as well. I gave him a few more practice sections to do for homework."
"Today, we focused primarily on Algebra and Passage-Based Reading. The student did quite well with the PBR but struggled with some of the Algebra because she is currently taking algebra II in school and had not seen some of the content matter. I asked her to do Geometry and PBR flashcards for homework until next time."
"We looked a great deal at critical reading. I think it likely that she gets in the low 600's, which she says will make her happy. Her math continues to be strong, and we'll take another look at the writing section on Monday."
"The student and I worked a little on the last essay assignment we had started. I also provided her with a list of transitions she can use in her writing. She expressed an interest in beginning to work on longer essays to also help her with her class writing assignments."
"Today we went over a few math topics that the student wanted to work on. These included algebraic problem solving, simplifying expressions, domain and range problems, graphing equations, equations of circles, and a few geometry topics. He did very well with the algebra topics. He has gotten better at reading through the whole problem and answering the right question. He had some trouble today with some pretty tricky graphing questions, where the given coordinates are variables instead of numbers, so we will focus on those more. He did very well with some conceptual triangle questions. For homework, he will do another diagnostic test so we can see what progress he has made in the past two weeks."
"Today we mostly read from a book about the number 100, and objects with which it could be counted. The student found it interesting that 100 cereal loops and 100 cookies could be arranged in so many different ways, yet still add up the same. This was also a good lesson in size versus amount."
"For our last session, the student and I reviewed all of the material we have covered over the past few weeks. Additionally, we investigated and discussed archetypes (stories, characters, themes), oxymoron, and paradox. Finally, we practiced identifying bias in passages through an online reading practice test. She is taking her test on Wednesday, October 1st."
"The student and I had an introductory session last night, after scheduling only a couple hours before. Despite that, we got along very well, and we set up a schedule for the next week and a half (7 sessions). We also went through each section and figured out what he struggled with the most. He also told me some general concerns he had about timing, and I gave him some essays to look at as if he was an SAT grader. He is also putting together some writing samples from his AP English classes and old score reports."
"The student scored PERFECTLY on two consecutive lengthy passages on a reading section, which was unprecedented for him and made everybody very happy. We also looked at an essay he had written in the meantime, and talked about some ways to restructure it. We also covered math, which he is doing very well on. Sometimes the final question or questions of a section will stump him, but he makes far fewer small mistakes on earlier sections -- in general he is approaching the work with much more confidence, which is serving him greatly. He takes the test in bites, instead of all at once."
"The student once again did well on her essay, and this one in a much shorter time frame. Working through more SAT Reading practice, she also had no trouble interpreting the context of the sentence-completion or passage-based questions, except when there was unfamiliar vocabulary. I have asked her to go over her vocabulary flashcards and do one more practice essay before our final session tomorrow morning."
"Today, we did some final review before her big test! I think that as long as she stays positive, she's going to be fine on test day."