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Lancaster, CA PSAT tutoring
In this session, I gave the student a prep course on the SAT, which should hopefully boost her confidence when she walks into the exam on Friday and, most likely, her score as well. We began with a general overview of the SAT, its format, and some logistical tips (bring snacks!!), along with a very useful strategy: if sh can eliminate two choices on a question, she HAS to guess rather than omitting it. Statistically, this should result in a higher score. We then discussed SAT Essay writing, including the standard 5-paragraph "formula" and how to develop a clear, solid thesis and topic sentences. She should remember that her "Because Statement" is the most important part of her essay! We continued with SAT Writing, covering the most important strategies: eliminating prepositional phrases and finding subjects and verbs of sentences before looking at things like agreement, pronouns, parallelism, etc. For SAT Reading, we discussed some strategies for eliminating wrong answer choices ("Find the red flags") and cruising through the passages at an appropriate speed. We finished with a recap of SAT Math, for which plugging in numbers will probably be her most useful tool. To prepare for Saturday's test, I recommend that she try applying some of the strategies to some practice problems.
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Lancaster, CA PSAT tutoring
The student and I met again today. We delved into our regular routine. We started with math. We carefully went over how to find sales percentage and tip percentage. I made up a few like problems off the top of my head so we could really nail them down. I drew some visuals that I think helped her make sense of the situation. We then moved onto science. We worked in the same way we did before, but I decided to slowly incorporate actual written answers back into the exercise after she had been giving verbal answers. I can tell that she has improved in this area, which I am ecstatic about. She is also improving her precision in searching the right area to find relevant answers. Afterwards we moved onto reading. Her reading is her strongest section as usual. I will see her next week for another session. I look forward to it.
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Lancaster, CA PSAT tutoring
The student had done several math practice sections on her own and flagged every problem that she couldn't figure out, so we spent a some time going through those problems together. Most of them were focused on fractions and percentages, which is a concept she had difficulty with at first, but she is doing markedly better. She then did a full section (both multiple-choice and answer creation section) which focused on fractions and percentages. At first, she tended to get overwhelmed by the non-multiple-choice sections, but once she realized she cannot get points off for answering incorrectly, she relaxed and was able to complete several of them with very little help on my end. She has also solidified her handling of percentages. She was able to figure out what percent of a number another number is, which she hadn't been able to complete at the beginning of our time together, so I am pleased that she is more comfortable working with percentages and converting back and forth between percentages and decimals (she is MUCH more comfortable with percentages).
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Lancaster, CA PSAT tutoring
The student and I reviewed the practice test that he had worked on previously, including math, reading, and writing. We were able to identify some patterns in the missed questions on the reading and writing section and discuss ways to avoid them next time. For practice, he should work on carefully reading each passage for reading comprehension and make sure that he is using evidence from the text in order to support his answer choices. This practice will initially take more time, but it will increase accuracy and over the long run will make for a much better score.
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Lancaster, CA PSAT tutoring
The student and I reviewed the preliminary assessments that she completed. We identified that she struggles with the science and social science reading sections, grammar, and math. She was strong in the literature and historical sections and in correcting sentence structure. We decided on some prep books to help her review content and plan on setting up a schedule to work through the books together when she receives them. We will continue to address those areas she struggled with in our future sessions.
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Lancaster, CA PSAT tutoring
The student and I reviewed the reading section on practice test 1. We reviewed and discussed evidence and key argument questions. We also reviewed quadratic equations and formulas, and practiced some questions. Finally, we reviewed exponential and root functions.
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