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Downey, CA PSAT tutoring
Went over SAT math and sentence completions. Worked on as many different things as possible to switch gears from ACT to SAT in a week.
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Downey, CA PSAT tutoring
We first went over a practice reading section that the student had completed. While doing this, we discussed strategies for the reading session (reviewing what we had covered before) and also reviewed vocabulary. I also discussed how to study vocabulary as effectively as possible. We then looked at 2 practice math sections, and he identified how he would approach different questions. I emphasized the idea of deciding whether to do a question or to skip it (and either come back to it or leave it blank), depending on how long the question would potentially take and the difficulty of it. We also looked at hard questions that could actually be solved fairly quickly and easily by using different strategies.
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Downey, CA PSAT tutoring
The student has gotten strong at reading comprehension questions. We worked mostly on grammar and math problems. We also practiced writing thesis statements for essay organization.
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Downey, CA PSAT tutoring
Today we focused on the writing section of the SAT. We worked through a practice writing section, discussing good ways to approach the different question types. The student has a good grasp on grammar and punctuation with the exception of a few rules that we identified and discussed. He tends to speed up when reading sections of passages and misses important details, so we emphasized taking a little more time to absorb the correct meaning before answering questions. He is currently waiting to hear back about whether or not he will have more time on the exam and will know by next week. This week he will complete a timed reading section and a timed writing section so that next week we can go over them and identify where we should focus our efforts moving forward.
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Downey, CA PSAT tutoring
Today we focused on translating word problems into mathematical expressions. The key is to create variables for each term in the problem and then manipulate them into a solvable system of equations. We also spent a little time on circles to refamiliarize the student with some of their properties. We pointed out that most questions involving circles can be solved using proportions, e.g., an arc length is a fraction of the circumference just as an angle is a fraction. The student has some practice problems involving word problems and geometrical concepts to do for next week.
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Downey, CA PSAT tutoring
Today we focused primarily on math problems that involved geometry and the factoring of exponents. In addition, we worked on problems which involved the simplification of expressions involved in questions. We also worked on writing practice problems that focused on parallel structure. Overall, the student's best section was critical reading, and she is continuing to make improvement in the math section.
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