Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Tonight the student practiced vocabulary, reading, math (arithmetic and algebra), and writing (comparative adjectives vs. superlative adjectives, placement of modifiers, comma placement, semicolon usage, etc.). She had a great attitude tonight. We did review some strategies, including looking for context clues (sentence completion), leaving out words and phrases that are not essential in order to clarify the essential parts of the sentence (writing, some reading questions), and eliminating answer choices (useful for all subjects)."
"Today the student did a complete set of Math sections from the SAT prep book. That is, she did all three Math sections from a single exam. The total score value of her results is between 540 and 600, for that test. This sets a good baseline. She has been applying the test taking strategies very well. As a result her answers are very accurate, and she hardly gets more than one question wrong. Now we will begin to focus more and more on the styles of difficult questions and the kind of thinking necessary for her to tackle harder questions. I imagine that with practice and exposure to more types of questions she can break through 600 to consistently higher scores."
"We started our first session with an introduction to the test, its scoring and especially the principles covered in the math sections, as presented in the Study Guide. We worked through about 25 sample math questions before finishing with a dozen multiple choice writing questions. She knows the math fairly well. For the writing, I will be recommending resources to build vocabulary."
"Today we covered math homework (due next week) and also PSAT math. The former involved transformations of trig functions (sin and cos). The transformations were horizontal and vertical shrinking and stretching and also phase offsetting. She had to sketch the graphs, and display the amplitude, period, and offset."
"We worked mainly on essay writing today. He learned the basic structure and organization from his previous tutor, so that was good. Also, we worked on quantitative reasoning. He did well for the problems he can do. "
"The student and I did a bunch of reading work today. We practiced reading an informative text about the moon. We pre-read the questions, summarized each paragraph, underlined key information and answered the questions as we went. We then did a fill in the blank story where the student read the text and filled in the blank areas with words of his choosing. I think he had a good time doing it. I had him read his reading homework out loud to me and then we went over the answers he wrote to the questions. I think he did a good job overall but needs to be more specific on the questions about the setting. They need to include the place the event happened, not just the event. We also read a fictional story and he did okay at answering the questions, but I don't think he was that interested in the story. He was pretty distracted and not as engaged as much. I'm going to look up some ideas on ways to incorporate games or other fun activities so he enjoys it more."