Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Went over essay in depth with real detail and examples. She had emailed me her essay and then had taken time to take a couple parts of the practice exam. I went through the essay and added comments/examples of what I was referring to and to try to help her arrange a better essay. We then went through these comments while I spoke with her about what she could do to improve and what she should prioritize. We then looked at the tests she had taken. I spoke with her about slowing down a little bit and taking the time to apply the method to the tests rather than worrying about speeding through it so fast that she miss things. I told her it was better to get 5 extra questions correct and not get to the last 5 than get to everything but miss those 5."
"Since the student has a quiz on Era 6 (1914-Present) tomorrow, that was the focus of tonight's session. We started by reviewing some questions on a recent practice exam. We then charted information for Era 6. I tried to ask the student a lot of analytical questions: for example, when he wrote that Deng Xiaoping succeeded Mao Zedong as leader of China, I asked him to compare and contrast Deng's reforms of communism with the perestroika reforms carried out by Mikhail Gorbachev in the USSR. The student and I both wrote thesis statements in response to two essay prompts taken from a website. Both focused on Era 6. The student produced sensible statements that addressed all parts of the question. Overall, this felt like a useful session."
"Went over multiple choice questions for SAT Chemistry Content test. Worked on problems for Written portion of AP Chem test that was assigned for homework in class."
"Today the student and I mostly focused on the placement exam. We are able to have another session before her test. She showed a significant improvement in reading comprehension. If she spends the week really focusing on studying the English usage rules, she should be ready to ace the test!"
"The student is doing great! We covered some math and reading today. Be careful of small mistakes on the math; those can definitely cause issues. Remember on the fiction to focus on the characters. Keep up the great work!"
"The student did two practice reading sections and we reviewed her answers when she was done. I timed her work. She ran out of time on the second section, though she got 18/25 correct. We discussed and defined various vocabulary words. In addition we discussed tone and talked about identifying and annotating the author's tone and mood as we read."
"We went over the math section of the student's review book. She is making great progress with math, especially with logarithms and imaginary numbers."
"The student and I worked on two different math sections of a practice test. We also discussed his concerns as well as his strengths for the upcoming test. He believes he needs to work on the reading comprehension as well as geometry problems in the math sections. I agree with his reasoning and will compile some specific problem sets for our meeting on Wednesday."
"The student and I discussed faster methods to factoring quadratic equations and practiced many math questions. We discussed ways to triage questions and worked through numerous practice materials."
"Today the student and I reviewed section 2 of the practice test 1 which consisted of math and QC. She only got a few wrong on this section! We then completed the synonym section of the SSAT practice test. Out of the first 15 done for homework, she only missed two. She only missed a few out of the remaining 15 done in class. We also looked at some of the reading comprehension passages for the SSAT practice test and on the first passage, she got them all correct. She did very well on the remaining passages, which included a poem. As a change of pace from the reading, we then worked on some arithmetic problems. She will complete these for homework and also do section 3, reading comprehension, of practice test 1. She did a great job today!"
"We covered part of a whole problems, completing the square, fractions, parallel lines, geometry, and tangent lines. We also covered trigonometry and went over some of the basics. The student was struggling most with completing the square, but she was highly attentive and picked up the lessons I taught very fast. I gave her some tips on what the ACT looks like and what to watch out for on certain questions."
"The student and I started with the reading section. She and I worked through science passages and passages involving inference and predictions. I coached her on how to use the question to focus her reading and helped her refine her guessing strategy where applicable. We also reviewed and practiced the sequence formulas as she felt like she needed more practice. I gave her a brief lesson on probability and we worked through a number of those problems until she was getting them right relatively consistently. We briefly practiced estimation but she did very well on those problems without help. We made plans to have one more session before her exam. We will cover the few remaining math and verbal topics we have not yet discussed and review important formulas and terms."