Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We walked through all the SAT subsections and discussed general expectations, strategies and approaches. We discussed anticipated weaknesses and strengths, as well as how we might address them."
"The student did very well today. He showed evidence that he had begun to memorize his "cheat sheet". Since we have been focusing on geometry, I decided to review some other concepts such as algebra. He is very strong in this area with only a few mental lapses (absolute values with inequalities). We looked at examples in his new prep book for the graphing of functions and their transformations as well. Since the exam is 4 weeks away, I told the student to begin timing himself when he does his homework. I don't think time will be an issue for him, but it's important to have some experience with a clock winding down to simulate some of the pressure that will occur on test day."
"The student and I worked on some strategies for approaching two-blank sentence completion questions, but her instincts are already quite reliable. While many of the vocabulary words are new to her, out of about 15 sentences that we looked at, she consistently chose the right answer. Next, we moved on to some math exercise, since she had needed steady encouragement to get through our last practice test. She was much more self-starting during today's practice as we examined problems relating to quadratic equations. She works at a moderate pace, but already has a substantial understanding of how to factor polynomials and find roots, and is doing well at applying these skills to more complex problems relating to geometry and sequences. Besides evaluating her math skills, I also gave her some time-saving strategies to help find the right answer through minimal calculation in tandem with process of elimination."
"The student is ostensibly a bright student. She was quick to answer questions and consistently picked the right answer during our overview on how to approach Reading and Science questions. She is on track to get a 25 on the ACT, but we want to aim higher. I think we can get her there with adequate practice. I've assigned homework for that purpose."
"The student and I worked on solving equations, factoring, and test taking tactics on the math portion of the SAT. She was a quick study."
"Today was our last session before the exam. We went over all of the strategies and touched back down on some that might have been forgotten since the practice test. We then did 2 timed practice sections in verbal and quantitative skills, both of which the students completed very well-- much improved from when we began!"
"The student had struggled a bit on her ACT Reading homework, so we spent some time going over that in detail before moving on to tonight's practice. In our ACT drills tonight, she scored a 32 composite, with near-perfect scores in Reading and Science! I have assigned a full practice test for next time."
"This was the first session together after a month break. We began with a pretest on classification in science. We then discussed taxonomy and Carolus Linnaeus and binomial nomenclature. Next, we discussed the dichotomous key. I instructed the student on how to use one and gave him an assignment to create one for homework. Lastly, we went over classification information."
"Reviewed the test that the student took (practice test 1). Went over questions in the English and Math section. Paused to do some English grammar drills during the review. Went over answers, explanations, and necessary skills (like parts of speech, punctuation, and essential and nonessential clauses). Assigned: practice test 3 and essay (new format)."
"The student did well on Saturday. She completely understands all 24 questions of the practice test section 3. She should finish the 1 page single spaced essay for the scholarship application as soon as possible so I can suggest recommendations. When she finishes that, then for homework, she should memorize 10 new words every day."
"In the student's and my first session, we evaluated and discussed the meaning of his PSAT scores (which for a sophomore are very good) before covering an overview of the composition of the new PSAT/SAT. Besides going over section lengths and structure, we talked about the types of questions to be expected in each section. Then, we went through math, which he seemed very receptive to. I assigned him some work for next week."
"We covered ACT Science (Biology) and ACT Reading. The student chose to review Biology and responded well to reviewing this, and he enjoyed reviewing reading because it is his most challenging subject. I included strategies for long passages in the reading section. I noted that his accuracy and speed are both steadily improving."