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Glendale, CA SAT Writing and Language tutoring
For this session, we moved through all of the sections of the test and touched on a new topic in each section. We started with reading comprehension. I gave the student a simple passage to start with and he scored fairly well on the comprehension questions. We moved on to a longer, more difficult passage which tested his ability to sustain focus over time. We will continue to practice longer passages to build his reading stamina. Following reading comprehension, we did some practice with grammar and vocabulary focusing on improving sentences and sentence completion questions. We finished the session with a review of systems of equations and probability questions.
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Glendale, CA SAT Writing and Language tutoring
The student completed the homework I assigned on pages 422-426 while timing herself (25 minutes). She needed 8 extra minutes to complete the section. She got 15 out of 24 questions correct. We reviewed the questions that she had answered incorrectly, and discussed how she could find the correct answers using the passages. Many of the questions that she answered incorrectly were done so out of a misunderstanding of the question, the passage, or the wording of the answer choice. To determine if she understood the passages as she read, we went to another reading section on page 435. We did this entire section together. First, we went through each question and found key words and phrases. We underlined these words/phrases in both the questions and the reading. We then counted how many questions were about passage 1, how many were about passage 2, and how many were about both. There were many more questions about passage 2 than passage one, so we read it first. After she read the passage, I asked her to explain what she thought it meant. She understood a good portion of what was being said, although she was not clear on quite everything. She was able to get through the majority of passage 2 questions correctly with little guidance. When she read passage one, however, she missed quite a bit of what the author was attempting to convey. Two words "otherworldly"ù and "supernatural"ù informed the first two paragraphs of this passage. The fact that she didn't know these words kept her from understanding a key element of this passage. After I explained what the words meant, she was able to re-read the passage and understand it through an entirely different context. We then dissected the meaning of each of the questions, and their answer choices (for questions regarding passage one and questions which asked about both passages). As she is reading these passages, she has been focused on getting an overall idea of what is being said. Because of this, she is forgetting to look back for specific information which may be applicable when answering the questions. I showed her that, regardless of which lines the question indicates, she always needs to read (at least) the sentence before and the sentence after any given reference to be able to accurately answer the questions. As homework, I have asked her to do another reading section. I want her to incorporate the skills we've already discussed, and also add "note taking"ù to this process. I have asked her to stop after each paragraph and write something to the side which will serve as a 'trigger' (or reminder) for what specifically is being said in that paragraph. In addition to reading, she also wanted to do a section of math as homework. I have assigned pages 416-421 (timed 25 minutes) and 476-477 (not timed). Hopefully, adding this extra step will help to improve her understanding of the passages, consequently increasing her ability to answer more of the questions in the reading section correctly. She is working very hard, and showing a lot of improvement. This is going to be a somewhat lengthy process, but I do think she will be able to achieve her goals as long as she continues to put in the kind of effort she has shown thus far.
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Glendale, CA SAT Writing and Language tutoring
We started by going over the sections the student did prior to the session. Prior to the session, he did sections from math, critical reading, and writing, all of which we went over. The critical reading section seemed to be his strong suit, so we spent the least amount of time going over it. He seemed to be making improvements in math, but we went over it nonetheless to solidify his burgeoning understanding of the topics. He seemed to have particular trouble with the writing section this time, so we went over not only the specific problems, but also general techniques and approaches to the questions. His attitude was good and as such, we were able to make good progress. I left him with work on much of what we went over.
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Glendale, CA SAT Writing and Language tutoring
Today we reviewed the SAT essay that the student had written. I gave her some feedback and critique regarding ways to improve the essay. Then we set up a studying plan for the remaining three weeks leading up to the test, and I encouraged her to do two practice tests at least, per week. I then went over some problems with her - specifically geometry and algebra. She is not so fast at computation but I think with more practice she will improve.
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Glendale, CA SAT Writing and Language tutoring
The student and I went through our timed tests today and talked through editing essays. She and I worked especially on math, and she seems to be improving.
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Glendale, CA SAT Writing and Language tutoring
This session, we covered the writing section of the new SAT. The student definitely has more of an eye for this section, and mostly just needs to work on technique and strategy. She improved a lot when I showed her that reading in context and reading out loud really helped. We also went over general strategy for math and reading.
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