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Downey, CA SAT Writing and Language tutoring
Today we reviewed three separate sample passages in the Reading workbook and went over solving systems of equations in the Math workbook. The student continues to excel in writing, having scored perfectly in her assigned writing sections. She only struggles with reading questions that function in pairs as well as some vocabulary questions. She is quite capable of solving complex equations that involve multiple lines. Her occasional computational errors reduce her confidence. We will continue to work on this next session.
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Downey, CA SAT Writing and Language tutoring
Today we spent a good amount of time discussing the practice essay that the student wrote out of the SAT book. Her writing style is very good, and her grammar and mechanics are very strong. She incorporates quotes well and provides good evidence for her points. Sometime over the next couple of weeks she is going to complete another practice essay, this time under the 50-minute time constraint so that we can see whether that presents any challenges with timing. We then worked through a brief introduction to trig functions and did a timed drill on the first 14 questions from the Calculator Math section of Practice Test #2. We finished up by looking at the first few questions on a science-based passage from the Reading section of Practice Test #1, which is where we will pick up next week.
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Downey, CA SAT Writing and Language tutoring
Today we spent the first hour going through an overview of the redesigned SAT. This included the content, scoring, the essay, and test-taking tips. We then moved on to math, starting with how to approach the math section of the SAT and using problem-solving strategies to your advantage in order to eliminate answer choices in order to increase your chance of choosing the correct answer. We will pick up again next Monday with math, doing a review of fundamental math and will plan to start the algebra section if time allows.
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Downey, CA SAT Writing and Language tutoring
Today we spent the session reviewing heart of algebra practice questions from the student's SAT book and tackled an SAT math practice test. She needed help with questions dealing with systems of equations and ratios. We will be reviewing these concepts more in depth in the coming weeks. She put in a lot of effort, and even found multiple shortcuts on problems she did on her own during practice. I introduced a few more test strategies for the math section, and showed her various shortcuts she could utilize. For homework, she is to complete the rest of the math section we were practicing on and the first five questions of the next section. She is also to correct her answers from last session's reading and writing practice, and come to our next session with questions.
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Downey, CA SAT Writing and Language tutoring
Today we started by going over what the student had done for homework. She did an excellent job reconstructing her essay. She also did well on the English section she did. We spent the first half of the session doing more reading passages. I can see that she is becoming a lot more proficient in navigating the passages. We spent the remainder of the session working on English/grammar problems. As our sessions continue, we will slowly spend less and less time on the reading passages and transition over to the English/grammar. As the student becomes more comfortable with the reading passages, we will start doing timed passages and incorporate speed work into her practice. For homework, she is going to finish her essay, as well as doing a reading or English section. If she has time to do reading passages, she is to mark her time. She is doing an excellent job and making noticeable progress.
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Downey, CA SAT Writing and Language tutoring
Today we started by reviewing the math facts that the student has been working on memorizing. She did a wonderful job. We spent most of class working through the writing section, where she worked efficiently, finishing passages about 2 minutes ahead of schedule. Furthermore, she improved upon last week's performance on the writing section. We finished class with half of a no calculator math section. She still answered the very easy questions correctly, which is good. Medium and hard questions were a struggle, and timing was a bit of an issue. Next class we will start with math to see how she does on math when she is fresh. Overall, another great class; the student is showing clear improvements on many facets of the test.
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