Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This was the student's final session before the SAT. We did VT writing sets on pronouns and adjectives/adverbs which I think were helpful on clarifying some final points. Also went over her questions from Practice Test 5. She seems really confident and calm about the test!"
"This was the student and my first session together, and we spend quite a bit of time analyzing his strengths and weaknesses. He is interested in a Computer Science major, and he does well in math. I assigned him the SAT Writing and Critical Reading diagnostic tests to be completed for next session."
"Today we did one section each of math, writing, and reading. Both students did very well with the math. The math questions progress from easiest to hardest, and they are now getting most of the easy and medium questions correct. They also did a very good job with the writing portion, correcting errors in sentences."
"I decided to model one of the passages for him by reading it aloud and doing a breakdown of the entire work by vocalizing all my thoughts to illustrate the way the passage should be read and the clues to read it. He performed remarkably better on the passage's question exercise, so hopefully this demonstration will translate into provided him with some tips to internalize during the exam."
"For this last session before the SAT, the student and I covered a mathematics section and general test taking strategies."
"In this session, the student and I reviewed some practice problems she completed for homework, and then we worked on some math problems together. She has been doing an excellent job and is very well prepared for the exam this coming weekend."
"Had first session with the two students. Covered the layout of the test as well as how it is scored. Both students wrote an essay. Student 1's essay was quite solid. The main problem I saw was that she was relying too much on plot summary to convey her argument. I told her to integrate the plot with explanations to strengthen her argument. Student 2's essay was also solid although she had a difficult time coming up with relevant evidence. Both students write in a rather simple style. The benefit of this is that their writing is quite clear and concise. They will need to write in a more complex manner in order to break into the higher scores on the SAT."
"I reviewed the general test format with the student and we discussed general test taking and guessing strategies for the English and Math sections. We worked practice problems for two reading passages and several math practice questions, stopping for content review on any concepts he didn't remember very well. We covered exponent rules, radical operations, coordinate geometry, slope intercept form, intercepts, order of operations, foiling, factoring, and functions. I will email him a link of math practice problems to work between our meetings to reinforce these concepts."
"The student and I worked through a math section, a writing section, and the fill in the blanks portion of a reading section. We also discussed strategies and approach for the essay. She seemed prepared and confident. I look forward to hearing how she did."
"We covered sentence completion, reading comprehension, geometry, and math. He catches on pretty quickly and got everything correct on the reading comprehension packet. It seems that he knows his math and just needs to build his confidence. I left him with a few sections that I'll be working on with him today - hopefully, we can get through the sections with minimal questions today and tomorrow as his test is on Saturday."
"Today we reviewed the practice sections that the student took yesterday. He was good at applying grammatical rules. He and I will review questions that hinged on subject-verb agreement. In math, we discussed rules about lines intersecting parallel lines and solving proportions."
"This was my last session with the student before her college entrance exam. I went over a practice essay she had written, focusing on improving her outlining and writing style skills. We then reviewed sequences, functions, and data sets for the math section. Finally, we went over strategies for approaching unknown vocabulary terms."