Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Questions from test that the student went over. We covered lateral area vs. surface area, interesting line formulas and various ways to solve them, sales tax questions and difficult world problems. The student is doing an excellent job and the questions that she came to me with were difficult questions that require specific knowledge. For example, lateral area questions are not generic questions you see on exams. She still needs to slow down and read and reread the questions so she doesn't get "excited" and instantly dive into solving the question. I told her to use the 5 second rule and just sit and contemplate all the ways she could solve a problem rather than right away go into something. We also went over more process of elimination strategies for questions, which she did well in. I left her with various website references and questions to go over that we can tackle tomorrow."
"The student is inquisitive and I look forward to continuing to work with him. Today, we focused on mathematics and an overall approach to the entire test, outlining strategies to work on as he takes the test going forward."
"Today, our initial focus was on Critical Reading. We tried a few new approaches to the reading section in order to see if new strategies. Then, we worked through several sections of math. At this point, we're focusing on how to circumvent as much work as possible in order to go straight for the answer in a timely fashion. Her vocabulary continues to grow as well."
"This was the first session, so we started by going over her areas from the assessment. I showed her a method for breaking down the paragraphs by writing in them which can help with some questions, and then did some practice problems with the writing improving the sentence questions. The last hour was spent going over math problems, especially geometry."
"In today's session, we reviewed the math diagnostic the student took. We also did a number of practice assessment math problems and reviewed basic strategies for test day. These included trying to backsolve, pick numbers or draw a picture when on a difficult question. Areas in content we focused particular attention to included circles, triangles, and working with polynomials. I left the student with 2 math practice tests to complete for our next session, which is scheduled for Sunday at 1pm."
"The student and I continued work in his workbook - particularly on the nonverbal section. We practiced verbal analogies and number series through the online practice tools and practiced patterns through online games. We also practiced sample quantitative relations problems. The student performed well on practice items."
"We continued working through chapters 1 and 2 in the text, covering limits, polar, parametric, and piecewise function, conics, translations, and surfaces and volume. These topics went well for the student. I especially noticed an improvement in limits."
"Today I showed the student how to find interesting, informative videos online covering certain science topics such as: radiation, convection, conduction, and irradiation; the convergent evolution of (e.g. rabbits and Australian wallabies); how earthquakes and tsunamis occur (e.g. the earthquake and tsunami which devastated Japan a few years back); how bats are the only flying mammals and how they use echolocation to see with their ears, and the general idea behind the theory of evolution by natural selection."
"Completed work on assessment reading, reviewing homework and practicing passage based questions. Student has made good progress and scored well on all homework. Vocabulary study will continue on a weekly basis and next lesson will be the beginning of math."
"This was my first meeting with the student. I began by discussing with her mother, the general approach to the test prep that I had in mind. After that, I went over a couple sections of writing and critical reading from one of the practice assessments. The student worked efficiently through them. Afterwards, I had the student work through one of the practice math tests from a website, went over the solutions with her, and then went through most of another one with her, having her talk through her reasoning as she solved the problems. For our next session, I asked the student to do the 5th practice assessment in the practice book, and that at our next meeting we would go over the questions and concepts that the student would need to cover."
"We focused on critical reading, specifically on looking for context clues to figure out the meaning of words. At the end of the session she definitely had grown and done well. I'm going to send some context questions over when she finishes the math problems I sent her."
"The student and I did one 35-question grammar section together for the entire duration of the tutoring session. He got 29/35 correct, which is a significant improvement from before; however, since he was completing the section without being timed, he probably felt less stressed due to the lack of time pressure and was able to get more questions correct. The student should work on timing himself when he practices SAT sections so he can get a feel for working quickly yet accurately under pressure."