"The student and I started off this session by reviewing Section 2 (Math) of the practice PSAT she took last week. This section in particular was difficult for her, more so because topics covered she had forgotten how to do and/or had not been exposed to in a few years. The Geometry questions, for the most part, were difficult for her to answer because of this. However, after reviewing several questions, it became apparent that she likes to do most of the Math in her head, so I encouraged her to write down her thoughts on the test directly so as to see them on the page rather than try and keep them straight mentally. (This is especially important during test-taking because there are so many parts to each question (and so many questions, as well), that trying to keep track of every detail mentally can be detrimental to focus and/or reasoning during the test.) Geometry questions sometimes include a diagram, so mapping out the details of the question directly on the diagram can help. Also, using the formulas at the front of the book for area, circumference, etc., and writing those down next to a question can be a helpful visual aid. The student seems more comfortable with straight-forward Algebra, but word problems are an issue. I advised her to read them carefully and write down anything in the problem that is applicable to an algebraic formula. From there, it comes down to working out each detail step-by-step once you know where to begin (signaling out the most important 'variable') and what the problem is really asking you to find out. She also copied the section we reviewed to look at further, along with her initial answers and the corrections. She did this without prompting, which was really great - I think that she really wants to know how those problems work, and how she can improve her own Math abilities for the PSAT. I also assigned her sections in her test prep book, pages 250-256 on Geometry tactics to discuss next week (with example problems) and pages 91-96 that have practice sentence completions. I would like to work with her on both assignments next Saturday, and help her feel more comfortable and confident with the English sections of the test. I would like to help her gain a sense of confidence (even enthusiasm, if possible) with regards to the Reading and Writing PSAT questions. She definitely has both of those outlooks with Math, which is fantastic - it made a huge impact on the session we had today."