Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We began with a diagnostic test, and then went through it, correcting and thinking through any mistakes. We looked at a list of prefixes and suffixes, and then worked on the SSAT reading section. We worked on putting unfamiliar words in sentences, to try to figure out the meaning. The student does better on the reading than on the verbal, and in future sessions we will focus on expanding his vocabulary so that the verbal section will be easier."
"The student and I worked on test skills for the ACT reading and English sections. We did a bunch of practice questions and then narrowed down what her weakest skills were. She is extremely intelligent and when we took time and logically went through the answers, she did very well. The main struggle is going to be getting her over her test anxiety. We discussed some skills for dealing with the panic and I gave her some assignments so that she could analyze herself and how she reacts to different circumstances. She does need help with grammar, in general, but seems to pick up on concepts very quickly! It was a bit of a rocky start with gauging where she was in her progress, but I think we got to a good place of understanding and we have a great base to move forward from."
"We went over the homework from English class 1 and math class 1. Then we went through reading class 1."
"We started by going over some more algebra concepts and strategies, such as plugging in numbers and using the answer choices. We then worked on some of the fundamentals of writing, namely use of punctuation. To finish up we did some multiple choice reading comprehension questions."
"The student and I worked through two SAT reading comprehension passages and several SAT math questions. He did well on detail-oriented questions for both humanities and fictional prose passages, although he struggled some with understanding context and author's arguments. We focused on strategies including process of elimination and splitting answer choices. He struggled some with systems of equations but otherwise did well on the math questions, so we will be covering more challenging material next week. I have also assigned an SAT prompt, which we will review next week. Overall, I felt this was a good initial session."
"The student and I spent the majority of our time today reviewing the reading section of the ACT. We particularly focused on general strategies to maximize her score improvement. Right now, it's looking like this will take the form of focusing on the first three passages and scanning for support. Her score improved considerably during our time together, but I would like her to practice it independently to ensure its efficacy. I've asked her to complete a full reading section under timed conditions prior to our session next Monday."
"Today we focused on Verbal and Math. In the Verbal section we focused on synonyms, particularly verbs. We looked mostly at medium-level questions, which often proved to be challenging for the student. In the Math section we focused on solving systems of equations, which she seemed pretty confident at. Overall, she seemed more focused and participatory today than usual, which was great!"
"The student and I just spent this session getting her acquainted with the various formats of the different problem types on each portion of the test. She is very bright, and although she mentioned she is dyslexic, she easily picked up much of the content with difficulty only really coming up in the denser math and the subtle grammatical mistakes. She has a great base on which we can build in the next three weeks."
"This was the initial meeting with the student and her father. It was made clear that her greatest difficulty with the verbal portion of the SAT is Critical Reading. That is what we will concentrate upon. Tonight I taught her some simple techniques for improving both her reading comprehension and her sentence completion abilities. I assigned her some practice work, and I look forward to our next meeting on Friday. She is a good student who, with a little practice, I believe will achieve her goals."
"The student and I looked over her review pages from geometry and I assigned to her any and all review reading and drills left in the book. We then moved onto verbal. She has a strong vocabulary but is having a tough time with analogies, so we looked at several and I suggested that she focus more on creating a strong bridge sentence and applying that to the answer choices in order to make eliminations. She improved when she started to do the bridges. We also went over two reading passages on which she answered almost every question correctly. I will scan and send reading and verbal homework since she has completed most prep books."
"Today was the student's last session. We focused on flashcards for vocabulary. The more words she is familiar with, the better. We also discussed test taking strategies. I know she will do a great job on Saturday!"
"The student is continuing to improve on math- getting about 3-4 question wrong per test. He's still struggling in writing, and we've pinpointed that to the middle section in the larger writing section. I've asked him to look over some intro material in the book to see if that will help, and we'll continue to do those specific problems in hopes of boosting his score there."