Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I began with a thorough review of a practice test he recently took. We began with his essay, which was relatively strong but could use a little improvement. We worked mostly on ways to strengthen his evidence -- adding specific examples to warrant his evidence and make his overall point stronger. After that, we went over each question he had missed and figured out why the correct response was such. Along the way, we talked about some general rules for grammar, such as "furthermore" rarely being used in a conclusion paragraph and the difference in use between "each" and "every." We went over some math problems that had taken him a long time and attempted to find shortcuts. For questions involving absolute values, for instance, it is useful to find the midpoint between the two figures given and then only consider answers which include that midpoint, and using 0 to guess-and-check saves a few seconds. Then, we went through some critical reading sections and worked on ways to figure out questions on the "tone of the passage." We came to a strategy of reading the passage once, looking at the question, eliminating 2-3 answers, and then reading it again with the answers in mind. We also spoke about foods to eat before and during test taking, like water, bananas, and salty potato chips."
"We went over strategies for each section of the test, as well as specific practice questions for each section. We focused on harder questions and topics that were more tricky/difficult and also discussed general test practices that result in higher scores."
"Worked on as many math problems as we could finish up with. I feel we finished on a positive note. The student has improved his approach to math questions over the past few months."
"Today we first went over the most difficult tasks from the self-administered, self-scored test that the student did over the past week. The student's score was relatively high. We then proceeded to cover functions which is a big part of the exam. We introduced the concepts of f/g, f*g, f composite g, odd function, and even function. Then we solved several problems relating to functions, composites, etc. Some of the problems in this section are very difficult and the back substitution strategy is advised. The student is advised to proceed with self-study, self-grading, and to study the further concepts in the functions section, e.g. inverse functions and their properties. We also introduced the relation between zeros of the polynomial and the factoring of the same polynomial, and used that relation to solve a SAT 2 Math problem. The student is performing well and has a good understanding of the subject matter covered."
"Today we focused on a few topics that the student wanted to cover. We reviewed graphing lines and how to write slope-intercept form. We also went over how to solve systems of equations and how to solve quadratic equations using the quadratic formula. She did an excellent job retaining the information, and was eager to do practice problems. I sent her several worksheets that she can do on her own time to practice the different topics we went over. We also went over several Accuplacer practice problems, and discussed different strategies to solve them. Specifically, we discussed how to approach multiple-choice problems. Oftentimes it is helpful to use the answer choices you are given to help guide you in solving the problem."
"Today we focused on the math section, specifically Section #4 of Practice Test #2 of the SAT guide book, which was the no-calculator section. We were able to get through most of the section, which is a positive indicator. Through the practice problems, we were able to reconfirm that the student has a strong understanding of the math concepts tested, but has improvement for increasing the speed of problem-solving, as well as decoding some of the lengthier word problems. He will improve in these areas through practice and practice only. For homework, I have assigned him to complete Section #3 of Practice Test #2 of the official SAT guide as well as the math sections of the prep book's Practice Test #1, and to solve under a timed setting to imitate the real testing environment. Next session we will be working on the Verbal section again, with a heavier emphasis on the reading section."