Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on building vocabulary today. We went through some assessment words and worked on putting them in context so if she saw them again she might know how to put them in a sentence. We also worked on the math section and discussed function notation and graphing shifts. We will need to review this again next week to make sure the concept was understood, and will probably do a review unit on factoring as well. Overall, she is making great progress and seems to understand the material."
"I was honestly impressed how perfectly the student approached each problem. Having a math class this year seems to help too. We also reviewed some reading techniques, and she caught on to those quickly. She's taking a full exam before we meet next so we can pinpoint any content questions, but as far as strategy goes, she is right where she should be."
"After completing the grammar lessons, I was very eager to see how the student would perform on an actual Writing section. First, we went through a section together so he could familiarize himself with the kinds of questions on the assessment. Then, I timed him so he could complete a section on his own. After the Writing practice, we did some essay practice. We outlined two essays together, which I think will help him observe the proper way to delineate his argument. I asked him to do one essay for homework and time himself. We then went over a vocabulary list I drew up (containing about 70 words) of the most common test words."
"Today the student and I reviewed the basics for solving linear and quadratic functions and then practiced how to apply those basics to SAT questions. She was solid on the linear functions, but could use a little more review on quadratics. We finished up with two writing passages. This is her strongest area of the test, and there is no particular area she needs to review. We will continue practicing passages, but overall, she doesn't need much help in this area."
"Today the student and I started on probability and linear equations. We used online resources to practice basic probability and then worked from practice SAT questions to understand more advanced problems."
"Today the student and I tackled some more reading practice, but instead of just checking over each passage with her, we actually worked through problems together. We ran into some challenging ones, but I think it worked pretty well. We also used a website for some practice, but she has difficulty reading on the online platform, so from now on we'll focus on paper practice. We went through a method on how to really clarify what she's read, and I'm going to send her some passages to practice on tonight. We also went over some writing passages, and in our talk at the end of the session, she mentioned she might want to focus on that tomorrow. Tomorrow, I'm planning on doing a writing-heavy day, with a few more passages thrown into the mix. Next week, I'll administer a practice test, and go over the whole thing on Wednesday, as well as give her strategies for the future."