Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During today's session, we finished reviewing the diagnostic test that the student had taken last week. I noticed that the subject and format of Reading passages seemed to have a large effect on how she did on the associated questions. We discussed at some length what kinds of different passages she could expect to see on the test. She posited that she might have a harder time with abstract ideas, as she identifies as a very visual learner; I suggested that she search for more abstract Reading passages to practice with for now so she can work on that. She is also beginning to study a large vocabulary list; I suggested she go through the list without looking at the definitions and cross out every word whose meaning she already knows, then go back through the list studying the rest of the words. When a word becomes familiar enough that she can define it without checking the definition, she can cross that off, too, steadily increasing her word base. We then spent the remainder of our session reviewing grammatical rules for the English section, as well as looking at specific strategies for Improving Sentences and Identifying Sentence Errors questions. We will begin our next session by covering strategies for Improving Paragraphs questions."
"This was the last session before the student's test this weekend. How she does will determine if they continue sessions post test to increase her score even more for the next test. She is consistent in having broken the 2000 mark, and her Math score jumped to a 700 this week. We discussed her college plans and what she wants to do, and determined that an Engineering pathway is likely her route, and thus her scores need to be reflective of a strong Engineering candidate. As such, we spent this session mainly on reviewing common Math concepts and types of problems that will come up on the SAT. As an Engineer, the most important section is the Math, and ideally she needs to score a perfect score, hence the extreme focus on that this session. I feel confident in her growth and abilities and feel that she will do well on her SAT this Saturday."
"Last session before Saturday's SAT; used as practice for math section. The student has repeatedly demonstrated the ability to employ abstract quantitative reasoning and proper calculation at a level well above SAT benchmark, so our goal in this meeting was to provide as much immediate practice as possible to keep him focused on SAT-style question-and-answer. All errors in guided practice came due to an initial misreading of the problem or missing an easier solution strategy by making the problem more complicated than necessary. If the student practices proper test discipline by using extra time to review and taking a second look at troublesome questions (instead of forcing an answer the first time through the section), his achievement here should be the very highest. We were able to fit in some additional practice with writing grammar questions, and recommended special attention to questions involving subject-verb agreement and pronouns. Will discuss possible dates to resume tutoring after the SAT."