Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student completed an essay on whether students should be required to carry specific I.D. cards in school. She presented a great thesis and had good arguments and support to back her point up. We also worked on English passages together. She only misses one to two questions every time she takes an English section (out of 15). She can see how much she is improving."
"We went over strategies for tackling the SAT reading portion of the test. She has to utilize the strategies given in order to make them a habit for test day. I assigned her the following assignment: test prep book pages 224-229, 422-423, 426, and 488-492 1 essay 20 words to define, synonym, and sentence."
"We reviewed work, energy, and power, specifically focusing on the work-energy theorem, the conservation of mechanical energy, the basic formula for power (and the less common one of P = force x velocity). I asked him to read two chapters of his SAT physics subject test prep book and to try every problem that he felt fairly sure that he could do, leaving the more challenging or unfamiliar ones for us to go over together next time."
"The student and I went over math for the majority of this session. We covered topics that included geometry, writing algebraic expressions, and manipulating algebraic expressions to solve multi-variable problems. We also went over some more sentence equivalence questions."
"The first third of the session was spent going over math problems, specifically algebra and basic math. The following second third was spent going over sentence completion questions. We finished by going over some questions she had about how to approach some difficult math questions. At the end, I wrote out a plan for her. This will include 1. attacking the paragraphs, 2. going over vocabulary, 3. going over basic math concepts she has forgotten, and 4. going over algebra-type x/y questions and methods to answer them."
"The student and I worked for 1 1/2 hours today mostly on the critical reading section. She says her area for most improvement will be determining the author's tone, but she did pretty well in that area during this session. I started out by working with her out of my prep book, discussing word roots. We then spent a bunch of time in the blue SAT book, working in Practice Test 6. We also worked on math for some time; She hopes to focus most on algebra, and says her geometry skills are good. She also said that she uses flash cards every night before she goes to bed, studying the 500 most common SAT words."
"In today's session, the student and I worked on essays, reading, and math. Her essay was really grammatically solid, which is a great improvement. She still needs to work on answering the question with reasons rather than examples. We also covered some reading, which she tends to do very well on. For the math, we are still working on breaking down the questions, knowing common strategies to use for different kinds of questions, and speeding up. She is working very hard, and I believe that her hard work and focus will pay off for her. Her homework is to do as much of a full, timed practice test as she can."
"Today, during our initial session, we covered commonly tested grammar rules for the a English section. We also completed some science practice involving competing hypotheses. No concerns to report. I left one section of each test for extra practice."
"The student and I introduced ourselves and talked about what his goals were for the sessions. I started to review some of the concepts he was already familiar with but he asked that we jump right into learning the things he missed (specifically Electromagnetism, Waves and Optics). Today we covered basic electric potential, voltage, and capacitance. He will work through some practice problems and we will review them at the beginning of next session to track his progress."
"We covered biological macromolecules and cell structure today. The student took everything in stride, and when I did an end-of-the-session review, he remembered most of the lesson. In the future, I want to encourage him to take more notes to help him remember all the material."
"During this session the student and I briefly discussed the structure of the SAT: the types of questions, the guessing penalty, calculator use, etc. Then we spent the rest of the session working through math questions and a few vocabulary and grammar questions. She found the word problems in the math sections very easy. I plan to review common math terms and their synonyms with her during our session."
"We began work on passage based question strategies and the step by step approach. We reviewed the student's passage analysis homework, and he had no major issues. I introduced vocabulary strategy and a long term study plan as well. We will focus more on abstract passages and continue working on questions next lesson."