Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"SAT prep continues to go well. The student is a very pleasant person to work with. This week, we covered another section of the math, and another section of the writing. We also did an exercise on brainstorming and outlining essay responses. I look forward to continuing next week."
"In this session, I helped prepare the student for the concepts that he will see on the test. We discussed the number of questions as well as how much time he will have for each problem. We also discussed how it is scored and the importance of not wildly guessing because of the wrong answer penalty."
"Today the student completed the practice test that she began during our last session, finishing the science and writing portions. I reviewed her essay with her and pointed out specific areas to focus on for the next essay, like spelling errors and the use of personal examples."
"Today, we focused on reading and science because he was worried about timing. On reading, timing was a slight issue, but we discussed how to tackle hard problems to save time for questions near the end. In terms of science, he was worried but didn't miss a problem and was under time on every section. He's definitely prepared!"
"We spent the time going over the 2 math sections that the student did for homework. For the questions she made small errors on, I told her that she should mimic the test conditions to try and improve her focus (take the practice tests early in the morning, minimize outside distractions etc.). She also is having problems with timing herself so I told her to try to take the math sections by only answering the problems she can do in less than a minute first and then going back to hit the harder ones. She will do a whole practice test for next Sunday."
"The student has improved. She did a practice test on her own and did very well regarding the concepts we covered in the past two sessions. Then we moved onto domain and range and covered those concepts. She did well with those concepts as well. Lastly, we moved on to quadratic functions and covered how to solve for quadratic functions and parabolas. I gave her a practice test to do for next session."
"This session we worked on both reading and math. The student continues to be strong in math, and I've noticed that most of his errors in reading are on the easier questions which are toward the front of the section. I think this is because it takes him a bit to pick up steam so he'll do best if he has some time to go back and look at his early answers on the reading section. We talked about some time management strategies to give him more time to do this. The SAT is an early morning test so I stressed to him that he needs to do whatever he can to make sure he's totally alert when the test starts."
"This was a very good session. We reviewed the writing strategies we went over last week, and the student completed a Writing and Critical Reading test section. He has clearly internalized many of the strategies we've discussed and did very well overall. We emphasized taking the time to be thorough and apply all techniques to every section. This week, he is going to complete a full SAT practice test; during our next session we will go over any errors in the Critical Reading and Writing sections as needed and will also take a look at his essay."
"Yesterday, Student A, B, and I focused on their vocabulary retention. We reviewed all of the words that we had gone over in our previous sessions in a "lightning round," and we practiced putting words into groups based on similar meanings. By lumping synonyms together, I think they made a lot of progress yesterday, and we were able to move forward and cover more vocabulary words after our review. We also went over a section in the a practice book that Student B had completed for homework, and we talked about sentence structure and keeping things simple within the confines of SAT answers as she is frequently inclined to over-think the possibilities and select a more complicated answer than the correct one."
"The student took the practice test, and we went over his answers. He did not score as well as he would have liked; when going over the test together, it seemed that his reason was running out of time, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. For next week, he will memorize 75 words, go over the rest of the reading sections, and discuss strategies for his goal score. I hope to squeeze in some timed reading and testing of his comprehension."
"The student and I covered his diagnostic test and developed some test taking strategies to help him not just complete the sections, but complete them accurately."
"We spent a lot of time going over the student's vocabulary flash cards today. I let him review a flash card containing several words, then I quizzed him on it, then we moved on to the next card, and so on. I corrected some of his definitions, and we also went over the context for several words. The student is very good at being proactive about asking me questions when he doesn't understand the way a word is used, and I think his asking those questions will help to cement the words in his memory. I also gave him synonyms for each word he learned, in order to help him group words by meaning, so that he can associate words with each other. He is catching on more now to prefixes. Prefixes were confusing to him at first, I think, but he's remembering more of them now, and he's improving in his ability to associate different words with each other based on their parts. We also spent time looking at Verbal section questions, going over words he encountered that he didn't know, and talking about those words, adding them to his lists for flash cards."