Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During this session, we picked up where we left off in practicing for the Mathematics section. I supervised the student as he completed practice math questions, providing guidance where necessary and recommending strategies to optimize his performance. Whenever he encountered a question he found particularly challenging, I explained in detail the procedure to follow in order to solve problems of that type, as well as the logic behind the problem. Wherever possible, I would look for another example of the same type of problem so that he could further practice the methods we had discussed. During the second hour of the session, we began reviewing grammatical rules and information for the English multiple choice section, followed by a set of practice English multiple choice questions. As we went over the questions together, I brought some grammatical concepts that had not been covered in our review to his attention and explained what to look for in similar questions. We also discussed how to "have an ear" for proper grammar and the importance of being confident in answer choices."
"The student had received a combined score of 6 for the essay he had written for the last SAT he took in January. I am guessing that each of the judges gave him a score of three. Improving this score is one of the main things I believe he should do while I am working with him. I showed him the page in his SAT book with the chart of the different essay scores, as well as some of the example essays. His knowledge of word definitions is very strong already, so the vocabulary on the exam should be easy enough for him. He also seems to have a pretty good handle on the grammar part of the exam. For the questions he answered incorrectly, I told him the reasons why they were wrong. I also pointed out the types of grammar questions that will most likely show up on the actual SAT, so that he can be on the look out for them when he takes it in October. His homework for me is to take all the reading and writing sections of one of the practice SAT's in his book. Once I read the essay he will write for me, I'll know more about what exactly he needs help on for that part of the SAT."
"The student and I focused exclusively on writing. He finished his SAT guide book, so we used a different test. We did improving sentence questions and identifying sentence error questions. Once he was really able to focus he found his rhythm and started getting the majority right (10 in a row at one point). Per his request we started by having him answering the question, confirming correctness, making second guesses if necessary, and then explaining why the correct answer was correct and why the others were wrong. He was convinced that he didn't know why he was choosing answers, but I think once we went through and he realized how simple and familiar all the explanatory concepts were he realized that he did have reasons and relied less on my explanations and more on his knowledge base. As he gained confidence, he did way better. Next time we have a 3 hour session, so we'll probably do 2 hours of reading and 1 of writing."