Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed strategies for the essay section of the assessment. We went over the instructions as well as the scoring guide so that he knows what to expect. He completed one essay during the session and we were able to review both his writing and his process and make suggestions for future essays. We are also going to work on how tools and exercises for writing clear sentences that have a variety of styles."
"The student is not yet sure of the areas he needs most improvement in, so we surveyed a number of sample questions in both critical reading and math. I tested him with a flashcard deck; his vocabulary seems to be at an adequate level and he generally does well with sentence completion. He has more difficulty with the passage-based questions, so I used the sample questions to illustrate some of the basic strategies (avoid answers that use "extreme" language, save main idea/ primary purpose questions for the end, etc.). He feels alright about math, although we encountered some relatively difficult questions early on in our sample questions. I advised him to try and commit some geometry formulas to memory, but also noted that some of these would be provided at the start of each math section on the SAT. He is already familiar with distance formula and the quadratic formula from Algebra II but is less experienced with geometry. I sent him a worksheet of formulas to study and suggested he take some more diagnostic tests on the website before our session next weekend."
"Today we reviewed passages from the English and science tests. The student is scoring in the high 30s in each, based on estimates from her performance during today's session. She plans to take the ACT this Saturday."