Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We started the session by going over practice problems I had prepared dealing with percents, averages, prime numbers, rounding, basic Math operations, and sequences. The problems started with the easiest topics and then evolved into actual SAT questions dealing with the topics. The student did well and improved enormously as she was able to slowly increase the difficulty of the questions, she is now comfortable with almost all percent questions and understands averages and sequences much better than she had previously. For the remainder of the session we moved on to other topics and practice problems from the SAT workbook to gauge her comfort level in those. Next week is her second to last session before taking the SAT for the first time, and we discussed a list of things she would like to cover before the test. This includes preparation for the essay, writing fill in the blanks, vocabulary strategies, geometry, and general test-taking advice. We will work on that next week! I left her with some practice problems to review the concepts we had covered at the beginning of the session and keep her sharp."
"We began the session with test corrections. The student decided to approach line reference questions one by one as opposed to reading the passage through as we discussed. She took 15 minutes to read and annotate the passage and complete the questions, so we have decided that she will use that approach. I did however point out that for line reference questions it is important to focus in on that particular line or lines. The writing section involved very little instruction for me, but she struggled specifically with parallelism. We then moved on to the Math questions for which she needed to read questions carefully. We then spent the rest of the session reviewing percents specifically and doing various percent problems. She did very well with the later problems. For next session, I assigned her a Math MC section, a CR MC section, and the essay."
"Today, the student and I continued working from the SAT test prep book. She had completed half of Test #9 prior to my arrival, so we commented on the fact that she has nearly finished all of the practice tests in the book - a significant accomplishment. We began by reviewing all of the math sections, which always prove to be her biggest hurdles. I was impressed to see that she is approaching the math problems with increased confidence, really asking herself which of the strategies (i.e. choosing values, plug-and-chug, etc.) she might apply and then moving forward from there. She got stuck on one problem that asked her to apply the Exterior Angle Theorem but was able to work it out after just a few hints. She continues to score well (630 - 700) on the writing and critical reading sections. I have requested that she try to "go with her gut" on the vocabulary portions, as I've noticed she sometimes answers those questions incorrectly if she strays from her initial instinct. I asked that she complete the second half of test #9 for our next session."