Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In today's session we mainly worked on the critical reading section. The student was having trouble last time with some of the questions that involved contextual clues from the passages, so we worked through some practice paragraphs to really solidify the skills he needs to understand the purpose of certain words and sentences. He was doing really well today with the reading sections. He understood the main idea and the tone, which helped him answer the questions following the passages. We also worked through a bit of writing today. He was not struggling at all with this section. However, for more practice I am suggesting he goes through the chapters near the beginning of the study guide that regard grammar rules. It was great working with this student."
"The student and I first went over the math problems she did since our last session. The first set was on quadrilaterals and other polygons, and the second set was on circles. We then went over the examples she came up with for an essay prompt - they were much better and more specific; she has been getting better at coming up with examples. For our next session, I am having her complete a practice test (or as much as she can). I told her to time herself, but not to stress out about trying to finish everything, and to just approach the problems the way she has been to see how the timing affects her. This will be the first full practice exam since her diagnostic."
"In this session, the student and I began by looking over some math homework and reviewing some terms and concepts. Next, we completed a number of practice problems together. She is doing an excellent job so far. For homework, she will complete math sections 1-3 in practice test #1. In our next session we will continue to work on math."
"The student and I concentrated on more Critical Reading today. We looked at cause and effect relationships across literary fiction, as well as argument and bias in natural science. He plans to definitely practice digging through natural science passages more thoroughly before his test."
"This was our last session before the student's SAT. He did 4 practice sections, and only missed a total of 7 questions. We also put together a list of topics that work well for a range of the types of essays that are on the SAT, so that he has a base list to pull from for examples. Hopefully, this will help him come up with stronger examples more easily on the actual test. Overall, I am very pleased with his progress and believe that if he performs as well on the test as he has in our sessions, he should have a very good score."
"We continued to review his missed SAT math questions, focusing on permutations and computations, probability, and eliminating the distract or choices. We also reviewed prepositions, sentence level and paragraph level corrections."
"The student and I reviewed the writing and math sections of the test. With regard to the writing section, she is doing very well. She's really beginning to internalize the grammar rules and look at the questions in a new light. I think she can really do well on this section. She is also doing well on the math section."
"We reviewed her detailed scored report from the test she took in January. We spent the rest of the session going through the English section review on the test with the new book she just purchased. We covered most of the material for that section. Overall it was a good session."
"I met the student for her first session on Sunday and I am very excited to work with her. We began by going over the "science of words," as we dissected the English language into word parts. I then assigned her several Latin and Greek root/stem words, prefixes, and suffixes. We also covered how to eliminate redundancy in writing, practicing on fifteen sentences, and eliminating expletive constructions, "which" clauses, and extreme phrases. I then had her read over four advanced passages (the Gettysburg Address, the Declaration of Independence, an excerpt from "Heart of Darkness," and Machiavelli's the Prince.) I had her dissect them and create connections between the author before finally writing an essay based on a test prompt."
"Last session, I had assigned 6 sections of SAT math. We went over all the questions he had gotten wrong. The student has improved a lot and answered most of the questions correctly. Some areas that he seems to still have trouble with are Venn diagrams and complex geometry questions. We also went over the diagnostic test that he had completed. We decided that we are going to have his next session in about a month, after his spring break. We are going to shift gears a little bit and help prepare the student prepare for the ACT, which he plans on taking in April. I gave him a complete ACT exam to do before our next session. Hopefully we will be able to talk about the differences of the ACT and the SAT and give him some tips in mastering the ACT. We will then devote our last session on concluding the SAT and preparing him for his test in June."
"Today we focused on simple algebra and working with fractions. Certain fundamental math skills confuse the student, such as working with zero, the order of operations, and combining fractions. Conceptually, she understands the strategy of isolating the variable in algebra, but the actual arithmetic is sometimes problematic. To try and solve this issue, we went over about a dozen problems designed to reinforce certain concepts (such as cross multiplying or isolating X in a simple algebra problem). After three or four of the same type of problem, the student could grasp the essential process at work."
"The student and I focused on math during this session. We continued with timed math sections to simulate the real SAT and completed two sections. I had her mark any problem that she did not know how to solve and we went through each together."