Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over the two practice full length exams. She is improving significantly. She got a score in the 1400s last lesson but today she had one exam with a 1550 and the other with a 1650. Her morale is pretty good and I think she got the point about managing the limited exam time. I left her with more practice exams and to do remaining corrections on the previous exams."
"The student and I had another good session today. As we are about a month away from the SAT, we have moved on to timing as our primary focus. We went through both a full critical reading section and full English section under timed conditions. She has vastly improved in these sections and I am very happy with her progress. She has a little test anxiety when she is timed, which is perfectly normal, however I want to help her overcome this by her test date. We will continue working on timed sections every week so she feels as comfortable as possible by the SAT."
"The students were able to complete most of a practice math section since I saw them on Wednesday, so we reviewed the concepts and questions they had struggled with at the beginning of our session today. They can both practice applying their knowledge of right triangles, specifically special right triangles, to geometry questions on the test. We reviewed 45-45-90 triangles and talked about where to find reference information during the test. We also looked at identifying sentence errors and improving paragraphs questions, going over common error types including subject-verb agreement, pronoun use, and adjective/adverb agreement. The students will complete an additional practice section before we meet this Wednesday."
"Today we looked at strategies for Sentence Improvement questions (we've already covered all the grammatical concepts they test, so we really just needed to look at time-efficient approaches) and attacked a few more complex Math problems (triangle geometry and exponents/radicals)."
"Today we got started with a little introduction, discussing the student's previous experience with the test, and the basic format and scoring. Then we began on the sentence completions, going over strategies like looking for clue words, making predictions, and determining positive and negative in one and two blank sentences."
"The student and I worked on the essay component of the exam. We spent time breaking down sample essays to explore how the readers reward essays for certain features in order to stress the importance of details and multiple perspectives. Then, I had the student breakdown how he'd outline a topic and offered advice on how to look at the issue from multiple perspectives in order to ensure he received a full score for investigating alternative perspectives."
"Today we reviewed math formulas necessary for the SAT (through quadratic functions). The student took the Math Diagnostic. Some of these math concepts are far beyond what is taught in the student's grade level, but she is able to readily understand many of these, as her math tutor has extended material to SAT-related content. We worked on simplifying square roots, and she understands the concept now (we will continue to review this). She is to complete the writing prompts assigned last week, review additional vocabulary, and complete the Writing Diagnostic for next session. There were no concerns for this session."
"We reviewed test taking strategies, as this was the student's final lesson before her SAT. We went over Rates/Ratios and Probability in the SAT Math section, passage-based questions in SAT Critical Reading, and sentence improvement and grammar in SAT Writing. The student was comfortable with most of the Math material but required some quick practice in this area before her SAT test the next day."
"Did few practice questions: need to continue work on algebra, exponents, and linear equations. More comfortable with the more advanced concepts, which is a good surprise. The student will complete up to 18 practice questions from her prep book for next week, and it was recommended she start reading advanced material in her free time"
"This session was focused on practicing mathematics problem sets together. We went over general concepts, as well as different approaches to questions when the student is stumped. This involves plugging in answers and checking responses. We also reviewed our plan for the next week before his test. Next session, we will review our vocabulary list we have created thus far."
"We focused completely on math, touching on tips/shortcuts in various topics such as exponents, indirect/direct variation, and special right triangles. The student is improving in these skills, and he is comfortable with the general math strategies (the various plugging-in methods)."
"The student and I went over the answers to practice critical reading and writing questions from the practice test. She is scoring in the mid-50s for her writing multiple choice scaled subscore and in the low 600s for her reading score. The student is wanting to score at least 650 in these sections, and so we will focus on these areas for review. I also assigned her more vocabulary sections to review from the study book, which she will attempt to complete by Wednesday."