Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student started slowly in reading, but by the end of the section she got every problem right. She also had a very strong science section."
"The student did great today! She had done some English as practice work and then did a couple more passages in tutoring today. She is already improving at the rhetoric questions and missed a total of 8 questions for the entire section which is exactly on target with her goals and gave her a section score of 30. She also completed a Math section in the exact amount of time she had left and only missed 7 overall for the section, which is a little better than her goal and got a section score of 30. Because these English and Math sections were from the same practice test we averaged them with the Reading and Science sections she had already completed and she ended up with a composite score of 29 for practice test 3! This is a good indication for her practice test and I think she was excited to see the results. She also completed a Science section for a different practice test and missed 7 overall, directly at her goal, for a score 29. Overall, as you can tell, she is nailing her goals. Her main struggle remaining is Reading. She has not quite whittled her time down to where it needs to be, now averaging between 9 and 9 1/2 minutes. She is very close, but not quite there. She did three passages in session and missed 2 questions on the first and the 3 a piece on the other two. Part of this might be due to the noise in the library and we reserved quiet study rooms for future sessions, but I think part of it is also going faster and the less cut and dry nature of the prose fiction passages. We will focus on Reading for next time to try to get her time faster and keep accuracy. I think she is gaining confidence overall with improvement and I believe she will score as well as she wants on the test."
"We began this session with more Science section test practice. I first assisted the student to complete two Science passages before asking him to complete three more passages on his own. I explained that on the test, the Science section has 7 passages in total and 35 minutes to complete the section, so he should expect to work at a rate of one passage per 5 minutes. He completed the three passages ahead of schedule, in 13.5 minutes, and only missed 2 of 17 questions. This would translate to a raw score of 35 out of 40, or a scaled Science score of 33. I told him that this was a very promising score but that he should still continue practicing regularly. We then briefly worked on the English section together before switching gears to the Essay section. Since there were no practice essay prompts in the student's test guide, I decided that we would look at the essay practice because many essay-writing lessons apply to the essays on both tests. I started to explain the most common problems plaguing student-produced essays, namely poor structure due to lack of planning, and lack of concrete and varied examples. As he asked me how to logically structure an argumentative essay, I used a practice essay prompt as an example and mapped out how I would develop specific examples for my thesis and how I would order them to maximize their argumentative power. We then discussed the importance of using transitions and other typical conventions in order to convey mastery of the essay format. I asked him to write me a practice essay in preparation for our next session."