Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We kept on chugging with SAT Critical Reading Practice. The student's list of words is growing with every session, and he is making good progress memorizing them. I made up some sentence completion questions using only the words he's learned so far and he did quite well. I also realized that he is significantly better at reading comprehension passages that aren't about science or something similarly technical. Two of today's passages were about art and philosophy; and because the language was relatively simple and straightforward, he was able to follow the main point of the passage better than before. For homework, I told him to keep working on his word list as usual. And he is also going to read some New York Times articles to help acclimate him to more difficult passages."
"The student and I had an excellent first session together. We began by discussing her prior experience with SAT prep and reviewing her score sheets from previous exams. Next, we covered some basics and began working on the math section. She learned some new strategies, and we completed a number of practice problems together. She is doing a great job so far and is a pleasure to work with. For homework she will review Chapters 15-18 and note any terms or concepts she would like to go over together. In our next session, we will continue working on math."
"We focused mainly on percentage problems, including word problems. The student was generally good at setting up these type of problems, even though word problems were sometimes a challenge."
"The student and I had a good session focusing on SAT verbal. We reviewed Unit III roots and derivatives. We made a comprehensive list of our strategies for attacking sentence completion questions. We wrapped up by doing a practice verbal section together. She did a good job with the passage based questions, and she will be able to answer more questions correctly by relating back to the main idea of the passage. I am looking forward to our math session on Sunday."
"We started with a practice essay today. It was a topic that the student had a very easy time coming up with examples for, so it was a very well written essay. He then expressed a desire to work on math multiple choice, so I had him do a practice section of that."
"Reviewed test taking strategies, including more strategies for quickly eliminating choice in multiple-choice questions. Did practice test section on mathematical reasoning. Reviewed decimal place values, long division, area and circumference of a circle, equivalent fractions, and converting between percentages, decimal values, and fractions, and the definitions of hexagon, pentagon, octagon, and kilometer."
"We reviewed four ACT reading passages as training for both the upcoming SAT and subsequent ACTs or SATs. The student practiced reading the questions before reading the passage. She did well at marking up the passage and answering accurately. Our biggest issue is still timing. Next time we work on reading, she will have to do a full timed session."
"Went over Writing section strategies, and practiced some questions together. Reviewed CR strategies from last week. The student did multiple questions on her own, and then we went through the ones she had missed, discussing the correct answer--i.e., what made it correct and what made the other answers wrong."
"Today we went over an actual CLEP biology test and went through questions. This activity allowed us to practice test taking methods and review old concepts that we had already gone over. An important part of biology is not only remembering conceptual information but being able to effectively translate that knowledge to an exam. So this is what we were practicing today"
"The student and I concentrated on Critical Reading today. The student had completed a Reading diagnostic test, so we spent some time analyzing his strengths and weaknesses based on those concepts. We concentrated on deciphering context, finding cause and effect, and isolating main ideas. The student did very well with some guidance. I asked him to complete the Science diagnostic test for next time"
"We began our session by organizing all of the student's SAT materials into a binder so that he will be able to easily access his resources. We then reviewed a reading section and writing multiple choice section of the test. The student's score has improved in reading--he excels in the vocabulary portion but still struggles most with longer passages. We are going to try a new strategy that involves answering the questions "as they come" in the passage instead of having to go back and search for the answers later. For writing, the student does well with improving sentences but struggles with finding the error in the sentence. His score has improved here as well, but we will continue to tackle this section. Moving forward, we will focus on one section at a time (beginning with writing.) For homework, the student will complete a guided writing practice, study 10 new vocabulary words, and complete a practice essay."
"Material covered: SAT math - percent of change, interest, probability, statistics; SAT writing - improving sentences, improving paragraphs; SAT critical reading - literary fiction passages, sentence completion, review vocab. Extra practice: complete essay prompt (27 minutes), review vocab."