Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student will first take the verbal section of the assessment test, so today we worked on those three sections (picture classification, picture analogies, and sentence completion). She is doing an excellent job of using critical reasoning to find the correct answer, sometimes refining her explanation when it does not help her find the answer initially. She is also being more careful about looking at all of the answer choices to ensure she has made the right one. Between the three sections, she missed only two questions. She accidentally skipped a page during one of the sections, something she has also done while practicing with her mom. I had her go back through the section, and she discovered her mistake. On a future section, she actually checked the question numbers between the pages as she flipped forward, which I have encouraged her to do."
"I reviewed the Revolutionary War through the Vietnam War with the student, which was a significant amount of years. This was a basic overview. Then, I spent extra time on the Civil War and its causes and affect, then World War I and World War II, and finally the Vietnam war. I also spent more time going through the specifics of the 1960's and 1970's, as I tried to focus on a few decades every class. He then read the material from English Prep Test books, and then answered questions on sentence structure, grammar, commas, and punctuation marks. He did very well on the exams. He got 34 out of 40 questions correct. We will continue to do this in his next class too. He did very well."
"We continued to go over the practice test we started last week and began reviewing how to find perimeter/area of rectangles, went over how to find angles of lines intersecting parallel lines, properties of linear equations. We also began to delve into the science questions, where I introduced Mendelian genetics, being able to glean information from the problems. We also focused on an important test-taking strategy of elimination. The student has a habit of reading through every single question repeatedly and spending too much time on a question. I advised her to narrow down the answers to two choices, mark the question, and move on. Later, she should come back and just make a decision before the end of the test. This way, she can at least get through all the questions instead of spending 20 valuable minutes on one question."
"The student and I had a great session. We reviewed her reading passage homework. She knew the answers to the questions she had missed, and was normally able to explain the logic. She is prone to tiny errors that she can't quite explain later, so we discussed a quadruple-check system. Overall, we had a good class. Her homework is to do a sample reading and math passage."
"The student and I met for our first session. We discussed his goals for the test and his progress thus far. We focused mostly on the math section, where he is struggling more. The section we practiced was very difficult. I went over some alternative strategies he can use, such as number picking and backwards solving. I also discussed some of the math concepts he was unfamiliar with, which kept he from reaching the solution on some of the problems. Towards the end of the session, we practiced writing multiple choice questions. I went over the basic strategy and then had him complete a number of practice questions. He is doing very well on this section, and so in the future, we will likely spend more time on math and reading."
"The student and I met on Friday afternoon to continue work on the calculator and non-calculator Math sections for the SAT exam. He did strong work for this session. We began with some of the most difficult non-calculator problems we could find in our practice tests and he was able to handle about 2/3rds of them, no problem. We then transitioned to the calculator section where he did very well with the problems, timed, and on his own. My focus for Math in the future will be about focus, energy, and getting through the long middle portion of the test. He is very strong with the easy questions and strong in the end game, but medium difficulty questions with no sight in end tend to lose him points. Next week, we will focus again on the Verbal sections of the test."