Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed her essay. She needs to stick more closely to the format I have given her. We went over some general concepts about skipping and omitting answers, as her first test is this weekend. We then turned to critical reasoning, starting with the vocab/completing the sentence question type. She completed the essay and four practice questions in the past week. She needs to continue with her vocabulary flash cards."
"Did timed sections on Practice Test 2, Sections 2, 3, 4, and 5. Reviewed principles of good SAT essay writing (organization, neatness, "filling the page", big vocabulary words in the intro and conclusion, parallel sentence structure for stylistic points)."
"We worked on improving his math skills. He is having difficulty understanding word problems and ascertaining the format the problems should take. He has strong general skills, but needs to slow down in order to comprehend the questions."
"This was our last session before the student takes the SAT again. She did well in her last practice exam, but struggled a little bit with vocab so we decided to focus on that. We used the practice tests online. She looked up the words that she didn't know and wrote them down. We also went over writing, and brushed up on techniques to identify the right answer. She is going to do great!"
"Reviewed the three sections the student did for practice on Critical Reading. We tallied up the types of questions that he got incorrect, so that he understands what types of question he is strong and weak at answering."
"The student and I had a terrific math session. She was extremely focused and insightful. We created a detailed game-plan for the SAT math section. Our strategies range from general time management to highly specified approaches for certain categories of problem. She came prepared with several questions. We enjoyed reviewing aspects of word problems, new symbol problems, Venn diagram counting problems, numerical reasoning problems, ratio problems, and more. Her confidence and skills are at a high. I'm looking forward to our Wednesday session."
"The student and I had a great session, the last before her test this Saturday. We did a full timed run-through of both the Critical Reading and Writing sections and then did a quick essay review. She has progressed so much since we first started working together and I am excited to see how her test goes!"
"The student and I worked on the first section of the math portion of practice exam 8 from the SAT. In general, he has a good understanding of the elements involved on the exam; what he struggles with is interpreting the questions and applying concepts that are implied based on the given information. What I suggest for him to best improve is to work on more problems with a person who is good at getting him to extrapolate concepts from the questions and shoring up and confusion in the mathematical principles in the process. If he can decode what they questions are asking of him, he'll do much better in his performance."
"We went through SAT math and her trig review. For trig, she has to memorize her identities; she knows how to use them, but she doesn't know them well enough. For SAT, she needs some content review on math and grammar; hopefully she'll get the grammar book so we can look at grammar."
"The student and I discussed his concerns about the ASVAB exam and utilized his study guide to learn the types of questions to prepare for. I had him answer some sample questions from the following sections: Paragraph Comprehension, Word Knowledge, and Arithmetic Reasoning. He did very well and did not feel too challenged by the questions. I did show him a way to multiply multi-digit numbers that end in zero more quickly, as well as an another form of long division that breaks down very large numbers into smaller more manageable numbers to calculate. I instructed him to take Practice Exam 1, which has the same number of questions in each section as he will encounter on the actual ASVAB exam. This will give us a clearer picture of where to focus our efforts in order for him to achieve the score he wants on this exam."
"Today we worked on the writing section of the SAT. Like most students, she struggled with coming up with examples that supported her thesis. Therefore, we spent the majority of our time going through prompts and orally trying to answer the question. Though, at first she was a bit shy to discuss the reasoning for her answer, by the end she was passionately arguing her position. She seemed to genuinely enjoy arguing her position once I took a strong stance in the opposite direction. Something that she will need to work on is being comfortable with the fact that there are very few wrong answers. The SAT is merely measuring the ability to state a position and argue in support of it."
"Worked with students to review & explain questions they had about practice questions done for HW, and practiced Reading, Math, and writing sections of a practice SAT to rehearse strategies for different problem types."