Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed sentence completion strategies. I familiarized the student with online learning tools, and we discussed identifying sentence errors. I asked her to do 20 to 30 minutes a day of math, reading, and writing flashcards for next time."
"For this lesson, the student and I started off with a review in Reading (sentence completions and passage based questions) and then we moved to grammar (improving sentences and identification of errors). We also worked through some math."
"In this session, the student and I reviewed the math section of the SAT. We first scored and examined the results of the math sections I asked her to complete for homework. We discussed the questions she had gotten wrong or omitted. We then took a short break from math to review planning techniques for the essay. After this, we returned to math and reviewed some sample problems, both multiple choice and student-produced response type questions. She was left with an essay to write for homework, along with more math sections to complete."
"It's been a while since our last session. She took an English test while I laid out her vocab index cards into general groupings. She missed several on the practice test, mostly from not knowing vocabulary, so we reviewed those and added to her index cards. We spent the rest of the time drilling on vocabulary for recollection: e.g., I would ask her to give me synonyms for 'sad' and she would list as many as she could and I would give her the rest. I think this is the best exercise for her right now as she still has difficulty remembering words we have discussed before. Her past two essays have to be reviewed--she said she needs to find them to bring next session. And I assigned her another essay for next session."
"During this session, we began by looking at the material that would be covered in the student's upcoming SAT subject test in U.S. History. We looked at the general layout of the test and the types of questions he could expect to see, then decided that he could more effectively study that subject matter during his own time, leaving our remaining sessions free to focus on the Math Level 2 subject test. I supervised him as he worked through a number of practice math questions, showing him the correct procedure to follow when he was unsure how to proceed or made an error, and gave suggestions on the best approach for certain kinds of questions. We will continue with this subject and possibly the English Literature subject test during our next session."
"We worked today on math and writing. The student is very close to scoring perfectly in math -- he usually misses 1-2 questions per section only. In writing, he is near-perfect in his sentence corrections and paragraph rearrangements; he only needs work on his essays. We spent some time speaking about strategies for that (outlining, making charts to decide which position to take, etc.) and he is going to write a 25-minute essay for next time."
"Went over the Critical Reading and Writing sections with the student. Discussed general test structure and how to approach the sections as well as how to tackle the various types of problems in the sections. Assigned her practice problems from the practice tests."
"In between sessions, the student has been doing a really good job of going over practice exams on his own and picking out challenging problems for us to work on. His confidence has improved significantly since we started, as has his ability to identify strategies for math problems. Today we continued to work through problems from the math portions of the practice tests in the official study guide. Practice test #4 is particularly challenging, and we went over some difficult geometry, and covered strategies for combination problems with added restrictions, among other things."
"The student and I went over the assignments I gave her last week. This week, we spent more time working on critical reading and math. Next week, we will shift gears and spend time on writing, and the essay portion of the SAT."
"The student and I reviewed her work from last week in math and grammar skills. We continued to review our geometry with polygons, circles, triangles, etc. and I assigned some exercises to reinforce the training. I advised her to pay special attention to formulas and commit them to memory, as they will make or break the geometry questions. We then reviewed our grammar skills worksheets and I assigned additional ones dealing with run-on sentences, parallelism, etc. I think these are helping her differentiate everyday from proper grammar. We also keep up our paragraph reading questions so that her analytic skills don't fall by the wayside."
"We continued to work on test-taking strategies. Overall, he does very well on the tests. I left some homework for him to practice for the next test in a few weeks."
"The student and I worked on the math schedule, particularly in the student generated response area. She has great ability, and she was able to answer almost all of the questions correctly. She aced a grammar section, and merely needs to keep plugging away at vocabulary."