Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over essay outlines, discussed writing style and timing, and went over the grading scale and expectations for the SAT essay. We also reviewed idiom and common misusage grammar practice questions and revisited some harder general grammar rules. They both also did a practice "short passage comparison" reading comprehension set."
"Reviewed SAT reading comprehension and word usage/grammar by going through an old test. Recommended speed to build confidence and to leave time to review difficult questions. Demonstrated using existing vocabulary such as "official" to elucidate the meaning of unknown words such as "officious" to select between two possible unknown answers after eliminating known words. Recommended obtaining vocabulary flash cards as a quick and fun way to build competency quickly. Asked student to use an SAT book which contains 10 old tests to take at least 1 test/week for the next six weeks leading up to his next test so the tutoring sessions can focus on his problem areas/weakness. Student was positive and seemed to embrace my strategy of quickly determining his weak areas through testing and building on those weak areas. Student was also receptive to idea that tutoring was not a replacement for going through as many tests/problems on his own as possible to build confidence and experience."
"The student got an SAT prep book, so we worked from that. We started with the essay for Practice Test 1. We discussed how the essay is graded, writing a strong thesis, developing detailed and specific supporting examples, the types of examples to use, and outlining the essay. He wrote a timed 25 minute essay that we then reviewed and edited together. Then we worked through another essay prompt, and focused on developing and polishing a strong thesis and brainstorming supporting examples. Then he completed a 20 minute timed math section that we reviewed together. He missed 3 problems, but only because he ran out of time and was rushing. When we reviewed them, he was able to quickly solve them on his own. The student's homework is to write the essay we outlined, and complete a timed math and a timed writing section in Practice Test 1. If he has time he should also do a reading section, but the priority for now is math and writing."