Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I began by first talking about how he felt so far about his progress in preparing for the SAT and ACT. The student said that he was feeling better on reading, but needed more practice with math. In this session, we worked on the math section of the SAT. We worked on understanding the relationship between a graph and its equation, finding out what kind of relationship between variables is shown by a table, working with averages and sets, and setting up equations for word problems. The student did a good job in manipulating and solving equations, working with angle relationships and geometry, and plugging in answers or a randomly-chosen value into expressions to test them. For these problems, the student was also able to explain his thought process well. The student had more trouble on certain problems where he was not very familiar with the terminology or the symbols involved, like f(3) or terms involving sets, so we talked about what these terms meant. Overall, the student is improving on solving word problems where a set strategy is not evident from the start; however, he can continue to improve in using algebra to model the situation described in a word problem. I would definitely recommend that the student continue to work through math sections of the SAT and ACT on his own, using a timer, to get a better sense of his timing for these sections, and to practice skipping questions where he is unsure to come back to later."
"We covered vocabulary and a critical reading test. The student scored better on the test than she has in the past. She continues to make great progress with increasing her vocabulary, and we will keep practicing this going forward."
"We went over a reading section that the student had done, then covered math and writing. For reading, we will focus specifically on questions that ask the reader to guess at the author's intent or meaning behind a specific passage. Practice will help the student get more familiar with these types of questions and the strategies for answering them. The student does consistently well with writing. For next time, he will finish the SAT practice test we started."