Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"She continues her steady improvement. All of her score ranges are from 700-800 now, and although she claims the tests are getting easier, I believe the practice is paying off. From now until the test she will do two practice tests each week for homework (one all at once, and the other in sections) plus memorizing vocabulary. She only gets 0-2 wrong per section, so we quickly finished going over her wrong answers today. She asked to go over probability, combinations, and permutations, so we spent an hour going over the concepts and I gave her 12 practice problems on those topics to test her skills. Then we went over an essay she wrote. Her essays are getting stronger."
"We went over the student's ACT English homework. I was pleased to see that she handled the homework much more easily than she had handled this subject on her practice test; her grasp of the rules of English grammar and punctuation is quite strong. She could use more practice on the questions that involve compositional issues, such as the placement of additional sentences or the omission of extraneous material, but overall she seems to be in good shape on the English and she is not having any time problems at all here. We did some more work on the reading comp material; we are experimenting with timing strategies to see which tactics will maximize her scores. Her comprehension is fairly strong."
"Last session, I had instructed them on how to administer a practice SAT which they completed on Monday. Today we devoted to scoring the SAT and then going over the practice test questions we have not yet covered. In the process, we did a mini-lesson on direct v inverse relationships: the equations, constants of proportionality, and the graphs. Aside from that, we simply went through how to do questions that posed issues for them."
"Today we mainly covered the essay portion of the SAT. I first explained the nature of the essay prompts. We then went over how to plan and structure the essay. We focused on the content of the body paragraphs, going over what types of examples can be used to support the thesis. I also suggested that the student prepare some examples that can be applied to a wide range of essay prompts."
"The student aced her last passage exercise. Today we focused primarily on writing multiple-choice strategies, specifically strategies for identify-the-error questions. We made a list of the parts of speech (excluding interjections) and the most common error types associated with those parts of speech. Then we worked a little on math. I assigned her some writing homework, including another essay, and some math problems as well."
"The student and I met for another session of SAT tutoring. To begin the session we went over math and reading homework. The student did pretty well on his math, but he struggled with vocab and spent too long reading and did not finish many questions. To help fix that we practiced how long it took him to read passages and he did show some improvement. We also went over his first essay. He demonstrated a great understanding of the proper essay structure and his examples were strong. However his clarity was muddled at times, so I gave him a 4 out of 6. Overall he shows a lot of promise."
"We reviewed some more math topics, going over a practice section that the student completed. We went through each problem he had a question about step-by-step, drilling through the relevant topic. We then went through another practice section, going through a variety of topics (averages, direct/indirect variation, ratios, and plugging in the answer). He seemed to have a better understanding as we poked through some problems. We then finished off with a sentence completion practice, where he learned a number of words and applied the appropriate strategy in guessing for unknowns. I recommended that he finish any un-attempted problems from the math homework set I provided him and to attempt a full-length SAT to see where his score currently lies."
"This session, the student and I went over the Math section together and talked about the problem solving steps to use in order to get to the right answer. Then we started working on the essay. We went over the essay structure, and we discussed how to write a good thesis statement. Work for next time: write the essay based on the notes (respect time limit)."
"We covered math first. Both students had some questions on specific math problems from the SAT guide and some extra materials I sent them. We then covered some reading passages. I continued to stress looking at the main point of passages through the conclusion as a guide for answering questions. We finished with some sentence improvement and error identification from the writing section, where I think they were doing very well on the questions we looked at. I plan on emailing them some extra assignments/guides before out next session on Tuesday."
"We worked on math for the first time after working on reading for about a month. It seems that he's made a good deal of progress, as he was getting 75-80% of questions he answered right. Great session."
"The student and I had an introductory session. We discussed basic test taking strategies and went over the different sections of the exam. We also covered strategies for the writing portion of the test and I asked her to complete several pages of practice work before our next meeting. We briefly reviewed some of the math content for the exam and she did a fantastic job!"
"This was my final session scheduled with the student. This session focused on a final review of material for his upcoming test. This session focused on long division, fractions, number lines, geometry, word problems, multiplication, and graphs. Again, he showed significant improvement in all areas of his preparation. As advised, I reminded him of continuous practice, especially in the areas of fractions, to gain master knowledge of the material."