Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today was my first meeting with the student. He seems like a really bright student whose scores on the SAT in writing and reading comprehension were actually quite strong. But his scores on the math portion left something to be desired. We went over the general structure of the test, and the way the test is scored and I explained some scenarios in which a higher score could result from being careful about which questions to answer and which to skip. He told me that his biggest problem with the math sections was running out of time, so we looked at a math section while I timed him. He almost completed the section in the time allotted, and answered all of the questions he felt confident about and left some others blank. However, he left too many questions blank to have scored well on the test, so we talked about how to better manage his time so that he can answer some of the questions he was close to getting after he had finished the ones he thought were easy. We also talked about the essay section, which he has not practiced before, and put together an outline. I asked that he write the essay in 20 minutes and we'll take a look at it next week."
"The student and I began by discussing the reading section that she had done for practice. We worked through the problems that she had omitted or answered incorrectly and I explained the approaches to the various types of questions and reasonings behind the answers. Her reading skills improve every week and she has become confident when I ask her to justify her answers. We then spent time working through a section of practice math problems. She was logical in her approach to the problems and demonstrated her knowledge of the math sub-areas. She hesitated on a few lengthy word problems, most of which were plug-in type questions. I talked her through the process and she picked it up quickly. We spent our remaining time untangling a dual-passage reading section and completing an improving sentences portion. I think it will benefit her the most if we focus our remaining time on long passage sections, vocabulary, and paragraph improvement."
"The student and I went over the two practice sections I assigned him last time. He did extremely well in comparison with his previous practice sections. Whereas he generally answered 50% of his questions correctly on the reading and writing sections, this time, he got about 75% correct on both sections. We went over the problems he answered incorrectly or skipped. I then went over a reading section with him. I taught him how to answer the questions without reading the whole passage first. I walked him through all of the steps on how to find the correct answers. After this, I had him answer questions to a reading passage by having him use the strategy I just taught him. He did very well, scoring highly on this section. I assigned him a reading and writing practice section so that he could continue practicing the method I taught him. Finally, I had him do half a math section, and I assigned him the other half to finish on his own. The session went very well overall, and I was very pleased with his progress."