Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Reviewed essay rubric and samples of varying quality. Discussed and practiced brainstorming and thesis creation. Modeled writing a paragraph and discussed timing."
"We began by looking over the score report. She did an excellent job on the SAT practice test and her scores showed incredible improvement in the critical reading and math sections. We then worked through all questions that she had questions about, answered incorrectly, or omitted. We spent our remaining time on practice math problems and on a vocabulary drill. I left her with a practice math section."
"We continued with practice, math, reading, grammar, and vocab. We focused primarily around tests 1 and 2, but I also included supplemental material."
"We discussed the data analysis chapter in the math section. Next week we will work through the practice sections at the end of the math section."
"We worked on interpreting math word problems, writing equations, identifying sentence errors, and test-taking strategies."
"We reviewed an online test that he had taken. We focused on functions, which he is having a little difficulty with."
"We went over the practice test she took. She needs help with math and a bit with writing; she's doing pretty well on critical reading and the essay. We continued doing some math concept review."
"This was my first session with the student. She previously took the SAT and scored 620 reading, 610 math, 640 writing, and a 6 on her essay. She'd like to get a composite score over 2000. She had previously prepped by doing practice exams. We went over some of her practice exams to look for patterns in what she was missing. She did not have a problem completing sections in the allotted time. Many of the sentence completion questions she missed were because the answer choices included vocab words she was unfamiliar with. She found the critical reading passages daunting when they involved comparing two authors views/essays, etc. She noted that she was a pretty good math student and felt that math was particularly an area she wanted to improve in. She had not done any practice essays prior to her exam. We went over some tips for the writing and critical reading sections and discussed how to approach the essay. We brainstormed one essay outline together to demonstrate technique. I also provided her with a "correcting sentences" drill to go over commonly tested question types in the SAT. For homework, she will do 3 math drill worksheets that I have provided her, 50 vocab words from the list I gave her, and a practice essay. We will meet next on Tuesday."
"The student is close to a perfect score. He got one question wrong in a section. We will continue practicing algebra, functions, and geometry. I'll assign him some homework as well."
"We went over SAT English exercises. She is very strong when it comes to her multiple choice sections."
"This was my first meeting with the student who is a junior about to take the SAT for the first time. Besides the PSAT, she has very little experience with the SAT and is not comfortable with multiple choice tests. She is thoughtful, soft-spoken, and clearly a hard working student. She is taking an AP Language course, probably one of the most difficult classes a junior can take in English, and is reading (and by and large enjoying) some very difficult material. Her writing emphasizes her thoughtfulness, a very good analytic eye, and a real ability to look at the big picture. We discussed her reading and background, and then we went over as many of the different sections of the Critical Reading and Writing sections that I could cram in. My purpose was to familiarize her with the different kinds of questions and how she needed to approach them, get a better sense of her SAT taking skills (not so much her language, reading, and writing skills which are already quite high), and begin to get her feeling more comfortable, and eventually confident, about taking the test. She is a very good student, quick and attentive. Our next meeting is on Saturday between 2-4PM. After reviewing the SAT and further familiarizing herself with it, she is going to try to take the online practice test on Saturday. This should give us a good baseline to set a goal for the March and maybe May SATs."
"The student and I explored strategies for correctly responding to vocabulary questions and writing "find the error" questions. We also reviewed strategies for the Math section of the test!"