Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed, marked up, and critiqued the student's essay on "haste makes waste." We did Practice Test 1. He is very capable on math questions, and especially quick to grasp the logic of problems which can shorten or eliminate the need to calculate. On the verbal, he is fairly capable; the main challenge he faces is vocabulary. He made a very astute observation as we ended our session. He said "I'm learning things that will last longer than just taking the exam," referring to our work on understanding the underlying logic of a problem. He's very motivated, though his time to work on assignments between sessions is limited due to his school load and musical activities."
"Final session! The student and I reviewed a practice reading comprehension section, which he did well with. He has his method organized and set for this section, and it pays off. We discussed how he should be sure to keep track of time, but I'm not worried about this too much. From here we moved onto a practice quantitative section, where he has slightly more issues with time. We discussed how he should make sure to bang out the questions that he knows how to answer first, then return to the ones that he needs to think about but does understand, and then, time permitting, try the ones that he is unfamiliar with (radicals, more advanced geometry). When he is careful with the details, this section is no problem. We did enough practice with this that I am also confident he will be able to show what he knows on the test. Finally, we discussed the verbal section, which we have done plenty of work with and he has methods in place, and the essay. We discussed what schools are looking for in the essay and how to break things down timewise. Overall, I am confident that he will be able to perform well on this test. I think that we have done enough practice that he will not be thrown by unfamiliar material, and as long as he keeps an eye on the time, he'll be in good shape."
"This was my last session with the student. We worked through most of the last practice test together, and I gave her some last minute tips. I know she will do great on her test."