Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we reviewed critical reading mostly with some math review at the end. For the critical reading, I emphasized that vocabulary is critical to improving one's score, and it benefits the writing section as well because essays that use big SAT words tend to get a higher score. Thus, we practiced on some sentence completion and went over the logic and approach to answering those questions, and I helped define the words that the student did not know. Overall, she did a good job with sentence completion. For the reading comprehension, I told her about how to mark up the passage such as which words are important and to pay attention to the author's tone in the passage, which is especially important for passage comparison. She overall did a good job. We then reviewed a bit of math, just to gauge where she was. I taught her combinations and permutations, and we reviewed how to find the median and the distance formula. I told her to read over a math chapter and complete the practice questions, and for her to memorize the words she had written down and use them in a sentence. I look forward to teaching the student further next week."
"The student showed me her scores from her previous SAT. She did very well. 720 reading, 660 math, and 660 writing. So I determined that we will focus more on math and writing. Her essay score was 10/12 so our writing section focus will be on the multiple choice sections. To start, we covered some of the problems she had trouble with from the problems I assigned her at our last session. We worked mainly on geometry and a few problems with exponents. She's doing well with the math section, but will need regular practice to remember concepts. I assigned some extra math sections from her review book but gave her a choice from topics we identified as weak points last session. We reviewed a section on sentence completions, which she handled exceptionally well. I assigned her some extra reading from that section before next time. We also talked about how to handle multiple blank sentence completions. Usually one blank is more obvious, and then the other blank must agree with the first. I told her to look out for words like although, however, despite, etc. as they drastically alter the meaning of a sentence. We also began looking at writing section problems, in particular, sentence corrections. We spent some time talking about the importance of parallelism in grammar problems. The student has a good ear for grammar problems."
"After an introduction and quick overview of the things, we practiced SAT math and critical reading. In math, we covered Algebra, specifically: Algebraic fractions, functions, and distributive property. The student has a solid math foundation but found some of the harder problems, as well as some word problems, more challenging. We will continue to work on challenging math problems until he is comfortable with all the concepts! We worked on critical reading, doing a combination of stand-alone and passage-based questions. The student is fairly comfortable with passages and only had a little bit of trouble re-reading questions carefully to see what they were really asking. I left him with an online resource containing a list of SAT vocabulary words. In preparation for next week's lesson, I asked the student to go over all the math concepts in his SAT prep book, and work on math and critical reading problems in his own time until then. Overall, it was a productive session, and the student did very well!"