Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered some aspects of critical reading and writing today. We worked on definitions of key words, improving sentences, and dissecting passages. I think we made solid headway, and the student gained confidence throughout, and her focus was on point. We should make even more progress moving forward considering I now know her strengths."
"We started this session by reviewing the student's SAT scores, which she recently received. She did very well on the Math and Writing sections, and well above average on the Critical Reading portion for an overall score of 211. After praising her, we discussed a strategy for our work from here on in. We will be practicing pacing and time management while taking the test, and working on vocabulary enrichment. After two practice Critical Reading sections, she worked on an exercise from the black prep booklet, which called for the best synonym choice to be selected for each of 60 words presented. Her homework is to go through all the words in the exercise, list those that she is unfamiliar with. She is then to use word arithmetic and other strategies to figure out each word's meaning and write down the meaning surmised in each case. Last, she will be looking up each word and writing down the actual definitions of each. Next time, we will spend a lot of time on these words and developing her vocabulary."
"The student scored great on his practice test in Critical Reading, which was great to see as we had focused on Critical Reading last week. He continues to write essays with three body paragraphs. He chooses good examples and is improving on tying these back to the topic. We are going to focus on organizing his three examples in a way that argues his point most strongly. If he gives a counterargument, it has to be explained so that his main point is highlighted. Closing sentences are improving, as are his focus on the topic. Finally, I brought him some charts that define common prefixes, suffixes, and Greek and Latin root words to help him should he ever come across a vocabulary word he doesn't know on the SAT."