Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Client is a new SAT student who is planning on taking the exam on Jan 25th. She took the exam last December and scored a 1860 (640R, 640W and 580M). She is hoping to break a 2000 score and hopefully break a 700 in each section. It was her first time taking the exam and she feels like she can do better. We are going to focus on completing practice exams and going over strategies on tackling the various passages and problem sets. She does not seem to have an issue with completing the exam, so she has a good handle on pacing herself. For the math, she needs a refresher on several of the subject matter as she confessed that she hasn't seen most of the material in over a year. I had her complete one math section of practice exam one in our session that we subsequently reviewed. Of this one math section, she only left three blank and answered one incorrectly. She definitely has the potential to do well. I have charged her to finish the entire practice exam #1 by this weekend so we can review it by the time we meet on Sunday."
"We worked on vocab practice and homework. We talked about reading suggestions, as well as finding grammatical errors and strategies to look for."
"Student did well on the critical reading and writing sections of the PSAT, but rather poorly on the math portion, so this session was all about mathematics. After some introductions, we got to work on analyzing each question in the math section of the PSAT practice booklet. We discussed and I modeled RAAW (Read, Ask "What are they asking me?", Ask "What do I know?", Work the problem), elimination, logic, breaking down the problem into segments and translating from words into mathematical terms. As we went along, he started picking up the skills and techniques discussed and modeled. Then, he worked a math section from an SAT practice test I found online. He did well, missing only four problems, two of which were very difficult. He indicated that he knows he will need to focus harder on reading and deciphering the problems, and we will spend more time on this in the future (as well as working on critical reading and writing practice)."