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Federal Way, WA PSAT tutoring
I asked the student to do an essay from her practice book. She did so untimed and also rewrote the essay since her first copy had many strikeouts. Her essay was a good start; she used good examples, and now we will focus more on her structure and how she sets up her body paragraphs. For next time, I told her to do another essay, ideally timed and to focus on the points I mentioned. We spent a good part of the session on a sentence completion section. Part of this was spent on the student doing a section. The rest of the time was spent both on increasing her vocabulary as well as helping her to identify the relationship patterns that serve as clues in this section. We started to work on a critical reading section, and I spent time explaining some terminology, such as "extended analogy". For next time, I asked her to do a complete practice SAT and score herself.
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The student performed very well today, as I expected she would. Her scores in both the reading and writing sections improved dramatically. She is currently scoring right around the 600 range in the Writing Section and the 580 range for the Reading Comprehension Section. This is a very solid 60 point increase from last week's score. She seemed much more comfortable with the material and concepts we covered in response to the previous test, and her grasp of these concepts really showed in her performance. We still need to revisit some of the basic grammatical and structural concepts (e.g. subordinating conjunctions, subject-pronoun agreement, subject-verb agreement) because she is missing some relatively easy questions that would help her score higher on the test. As to her essays, she has not been scored under a 9 since the beginning of our testing, and I believe there is nowhere for her to go but up. I believe after a few more attempts she will have the formula down and will be able to start scoring in the 11-12 range. Overall this was a very good session. Keep up the good work.
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Federal Way, WA PSAT tutoring
The student and I began this session by going over the sample multiple-choice Writing section questions that I had asked him to complete after our last session two weeks ago. He showed improvement on the Identifying Sentence Errors questions in particular, although sentences with unusual syntax or pronouns that didn't match their singular collective nouns still challenged him somewhat. We revisited the grammar and usage concepts involved in these questions and practiced with additional sample questions of similar format. The idea of collective nouns such as 'band', 'family', 'group', etc. being grammatically singular was his largest sticking point, but we eventually hit upon an example that made the rule clear to him. Thereafter, he no longer struggled with questions that involved this principle. After finishing our work on Identifying Sentence Errors questions, we reviewed his practice work on Improving Paragraphs passages. On the whole, he did very well with this question type: the only questions that challenged him were those that centered on editorial choices where he didn't find any of the answer choices satisfying. We talked a little bit about how to identify the best answer for questions where none of the answers are ideal or match what he would write, and he found it particularly helpful to know that grammatical soundness and organizational logic consistently take precedence over stylistic improvements. Because our next session will be his last before his SAT exam date, I asked him to do an entire practice test before our next session two weeks from now. We'll use that to review skills, strategies, and common pitfalls to avoid for all of the test sections the next time we meet.
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