Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I spent our lesson discussing the writing section of the exam. We began by going over the SAT's rubric for a successful essay and then reading various sample essays. After reading the essays we broke them down stylistically to discern what the SAT means by a varied vocabulary or complex thinking. From this, we talked about strategies for exploring personal essay writing, paragraph construction, and how to choose an appropriate topic. We continued the lesson by having the student brainstorm sample prompts to see if he was choosing appropriate examples that provided multiple viewpoints and many, specific details to support his topic choice. He is in the ballpark of how to navigate this portion successfully."
"The student and I began by going over the passage-based reading sections he completed for homework. He seems to be getting comfortable with active reading strategies, and I am already seeing improvement in his critical reading problem-solving ability. Next, we reviewed his essay. He did a good job on this. Finally, we completed some grammar multiple choice problems together. He did an excellent job on these as well. Moving forward, he just needs to continue practicing the strategies we have worked on and perfecting his test-taking skills. For homework, He will try to complete and score a timed full-length test using practice test #10. He will also complete and score as many timed practice sections as possible using previous practice tests."
"The student and I reviewed the college entrance exam vocabulary questions and strategies for answering them. I also had him write down words and definitions on flashcards. I asked him to study these words for our next session, and to practice using them in sentences. I also gave him a list of vocabulary words that are commonly used on the exam and told him to study one to two words a day from the list."
"It was great seeing the student again for our last session. We had a full run-through of all of the strategies we've worked on together and I addressed her last-minute questions. I'm really pleased with how much she has progressed and think she is going to do awesome on her test on Saturday!"
"We reviewed passage-based reading questions from homework and had mini lessons in various fundamental math contents. We went over ones/tens/hundreds/tenths/hundredths/etc. numbers places and y-intercept form. This also involved a lot of review of algebra and basic operations. We began practice with writing multiple choice questions."
"We went over a couple problems he had gotten wrong on a math and a writing diagnostic test. The problems were pretty minimal and he understood and was able to correct his mistakes. The rest of the time we worked on how to set up problems where the first step may be unclear. He did very well with these. I think he'll do well this Saturday."
"We reviewed the homework that I had previously assigned the student, which consisted of 1 Reading, 1 Writing, and 1 Math section. He did very well on all of the sections, and we reviewed areas where he could improve (namely sentence correction and some math concepts). After this, we went through a custom problem set that I created for him in math that focused on certain concepts. We wrapped up by doing another writing section. I assigned him an essay for homework and the introductory pages of the SAT book to learn more about grammar, the essay, and sentence correction."
"I had the student work a reading comprehension passage independently and timed him. We then talked about timing strategies and discussed the problems he missed. I edited the introduction paragraph he wrote for a practice SAT prompt and we talked about general length, structure, and tips for the essay. We worked practice grammar questions of each type (sentence improvement, identifying errors, paragraph improvement) and ended with a few math test taking strategy reviews. I sent him a follow up email with links to practice questions and the most commonly tested grammar rules."
"Today, the student and I spent the bulk of our time learning the structure of the test. We went over the order of difficulty in each SAT section, using that (along with his goal scores) to derive a target number of questions for him to answer. After all, the general rule for the SAT is, "slow down, answer fewer questions, score more". After that, we introduced Plugging In and Plugging in the Answers (two similar techniques). The student will be taking an SAT tomorrow (though we're studying for the January test), which will serve as his HW for before the next session, which is scheduled for Sunday evening."
"This was her final session so we focused on very specific issues. First we reviewed probability in depth and did many practice problems. Then we moved on to geometry and focused on circles. I included practice problems which incorporated other parts of geometry like special triangles. We finished up with critical reading questions. We walked through the form of the test and reviewed the approach to each area and type of question. She improved in the areas we worked on and demonstrated improvement in the critical reading section from the first sessions."
"We went over all the sections of the assessment briefly. She has been doing great in the reading and writing portion of the assessment. Overall, it was a great pleasure to tutor her."
"The student had done some more practice sections out of the book which went well for her! We went over a few strategies for solving critical reading questions: 1. asking one's self: how would this manifest in the passage, 2. what is the fundamental difference between the two options. In writing, we identified the main things to look out for: parallel structure, pronouns including the implied "they," singular vs. plural, and descriptions of subjects prior to introduction of subjects. In math, we reviewed a few problems, and I had the chance to teach the 3D Distance Formula. I hope she will do well on the test!"