Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student had completed a portion of her essay, a math and a critical reading section. With regard to the essay, she did a much better job of constructing a concise and direct thesis statement. Her examples continue to be personal in nature, and I encouraged her to vary them with literary, historical, and current events. We will work on this more at our next session. For math, there were a few questions she did not know how to answer - a few involved topics that we had not gone over yet (i.e. constant k), but we discussed the answers and methods to achieve them and she appeared to understand this well. Critical reading continues to be a bit challenging for her. It appeared that she got some questions incorrect because she was bringing in outside knowledge - therefore, I encouraged her to underline or otherwise demarcate the corresponding evidence in the paragraph when she chooses her answers. She will do this for next time. We then went over a writing section - I would say that the sentence correction paragraphs are her strongest area. We will continue to intermittently do these to ensure that she continues to perform this well on test day. We did one more math section together and she appeared to understand these concepts well. We will meet next Tuesday at 7pm. She will complete 1 section each from the SAT prep book as well as an essay. We will go over the vocab cards at that time as well."
"As this was the student's first session, I tried to do a little bit of everything to better get a sense for her strengths and weaknesses. We began by working through some math problems: she was very confident in working with fractions, ratios, and multiple variables. After that, we moved on to the writing section. The student has a great ear for which sentences sound "right," but she doesn't always know the specific grammar rules as well. However, she demonstrated that she is on the right track to master that particular section. Lastly, we looked at some sentence completion questions. I taught her some tricks to eliminate incorrect vocab answers by using signifier words in the sentence to alert her to opposites, clarifications, and other similar nuances of sentences. We also got started on some vocab flashcards. She seems to be a very bright and hardworking student. I asked her to complete some practice sections in her personal prep book. We will talk about the questions she struggled with, in addition to focusing in on geometry and grammar, when we meet next week."
"Math (Geometry: Coordinate Geometry and Points, Lines and Angles). Advised to continue studying math and also reading."