Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We discussed general SAT strategies and then reviewed specific strategies for the Math section and went over practice questions."
"We reviewed the student's practice exam - helping him to see how to correct errors. We also completed drills in grammar. He should complete the Math sections of the exam for our next session."
"This was my first tutoring session with the student. She brought her test booklet and answer key from sophomore year, so we went over the test and discussed what she had done so far. She scored in the 94th percentile without any prep work, so she is at an excellent starting point with solid techniques for answering most question types. The student plans to take the PSAT and the real SAT sometime after. We looked at her score breakdown to determine what subject to tackle first, but it was almost an even split among the three subject areas. The student said she felt pretty confident in the Math and Writing sections, so we decided to tackle: #1) Vocabulary #2) Essay skills #3) Critical Reading. VOCAB: I will provide her with a list of 450 words from the "Direct Hits" list that we will divide up among the weeks. The student will study that weeks vocabulary words, create and take her own matching quiz, and then I will quiz her on the words during the following session. ESSAY SKILLS: We went over tips on creating a 5 paragraph essay, emphasizing the common mistakes students made (i.e. using too much summary and claim instead of analysis, not following the traditional 5 paragraph format, not using enough complex sentence structure/vocabulary words). I provided her with a handout of these tips. We will work on essay prompt exercises in the future. CRIT READ: When we went over her PSAT from last year, it became apparent that the vast majority of the (few) questions that she missed were because of her reading the question quickly and missing the key words (i.e. NOT, EXCEPT, BUT, etc.). She didn't appear to have any problems completing the sections, so we discussed using underlining and circling as a technique for forcing herself to slow down. I assigned her some critical reading passages to do over this week that we will go over at next week's session. HOMEWORK: At this point, I advised her to do 1 session per week, as it doesn't look like she will require as much time for concept explanation but rather more of a targeted Q/A and quiz session. She will do 1) assigned critical reading 2) take the diagnostic exam provided in the textbook - I like this one because it has a very comprehensive answer key with explanations that we can go over"