Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session we worked through questions from the practice exams in the study guide for math and reading. The student has improved a lot in the math section in that he is able to determine the course of action he needs to take to solve each question. Sometimes harder questions will stump him, but he is getting better at breaking the questions into smaller more manageable parts. In reading he is very good at passage based questions. The only thing he struggles with in this part of the section is his timing when he's reading the passage, because he takes longer to read the passage. Other than that, he only misses one or two questions per section. He struggles a little more with the sentence completion section. This is mainly due to vocabulary. Once he knows the definition of the words he is able to use the strategies we have reviewed to answer the question correctly. To help with this part of the section he could review vocab lists online. This will greatly help him expand his vocabulary."
"We went through one reading section in detail to practice critical reading and test taking skills. After each subsection we checked the answers and discussed pertinent approaches to each question. The student and I went over a few SAT vocab words and I showed her a way to comprehend other words. I assigned two more reading sections and a math section."
"I covered the rest of the geometry topics, such as polygons/ parallelograms, circles, solid figures and coordinate geometry. The student seemed to feel very comfortable with geometry related questions, then she did have a bit more trouble with circles than with other geometric topics. Additionally, we covered special problems types such as average, counting, and probability problems. She did very well with permutation and counting questions and had a very intuitive understanding of how to set up the correct permutation to calculate. The one area that she struggled most with involved questions that combined probability with geometry; for example, when a question asks what the probability of hitting a shaded area within a figure. I believe the problem comes in when she faces overly lengthy questions that take 3-4 sentences to convey. With these types of questions, the student seems to approach the problem holistically, meaning she almost in a way tries to multiply parts of the problem at the same time - the problem comes when she loses track in her train of thoughts and basically gets stuck in a rut. My suggestion to her was to explicitly and clearly write down next to the problem of a single step that she needs to do first, and focus on one aspect of a multi-part problem at a time. She has a tendency to do a lot of mental math, so we need to work on having her jot down her thoughts in a organized manner as well. This is something we will definitely need to work on in later sessions, as I believe this is also the reason why she struggles with multipart algebra questions. I left her with practice worksheets containing around 80 or so problems to do for next week."