Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over the five sections, and the essay the student has completed since our last meeting. We worked on methods of checking work in all three subjects."
"The student recently received his SAT grades. We decided to work on sentence completions, and building a strong vocabulary. Today the student took timed Critical Reading and Math sections, both from the prep book. I introduced the "logic before calculator" strategies, and he practiced using them. We will continue to use these and other strategies throughout our work together, with the goal of raising his scores."
"This was the student's first SAT tutoring session. I covered the basic format of the exam, including the different sections, the scoring dynamic, and the methodology for how to effectively take the exam. This included process of elimination, marking the reading section for context clues, etc. I then introduced her to the Essay section, the Writing Section, and the Reading section. I gave her an outline for how to approach the essay and score a 12. We covered some basic grammar rules (complete sentences vs. fragments, subject verb agreement, commas, and other common grammatical errors). We went into detail about the mindset for reading actively in the critical reading section. We spent about an hour and a half doing some of the practice problems in the workbook, and worked our way up to the example problems. She did a very nice job for her first attempt at this material. She has strong Reading Comprehension skills!"
"We went over a short essay I'd assigned and the overall meaning behind an article on a satire about Bill Clinton's fashion choices. We also went through math questions I'd sent the student. I assigned some more materials from a math book I scanned to him. His writing is getting better. He is showing progress and has a good attitude."
"We went over a writing section and a critical reading practice test. It was the student's first time doing the writing section, with fairly good results. There were some small errors that arose from lack of familiarity with the question types. We discussed the strategy of using the question's focus vs. gathering context from the passage. Next week, we will go through practice exams in practice test books, which the student purchased. During Monday's session, we will take the opportunity to take a live practice section on material we have not yet seen."
"We went over additional math (no calculator) section problems and covered test taking strategies as well. The student is making decent progress but I worry that she might be looking at the answers before giving the problems an honest attempt, so I gave her a cautionary warning against doing so."