Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I see progress being made with the student's CR sections. He is beginning to understand that to be successful in answering the passage questions, he must first predict an answer on his own and then refer to the multiple choice answers. I am also working on reinforcing the fact that he is a smart student with the ability to do well on the test."
"We went over practice math problems from the SAT test prep book. By the end of the session, the student demonstrated he understood the work by solving the problems correctly."
"At the beginning of today's session, I administered a timed essay for the student. The assignment called for a position on whether or not competitiveness is necessary for success. After he attempted to write the essay, he and I agreed that preparing a list of apt and general historical, scientific, and literary examples would be a good idea to help him construct his argument. I've asked him to prepare this list prior to our next session on Monday. After the essay, I asked him to do a timed writing multiple choice section. Following the 25 minutes, he and I reviewed his answers. He did well, only missing five questions. Going forward, we will continue to focus on developing his essay skills and performance on the writing multiple choice section."
"Good review session for the ACT. Slow down for the grammar section to avoid easy mistakes. For math, practice will speed up the process. We will work on timing for reading and science sections. Good work as always."
"In this session, we focused on the parts of the student's PSAT that we did not previously go over (non-calculator math and the reading portion). For the math, the student seemed much more confident with the questions than he must have been when he first approached them when he took the exam. There were a few instances where he said that he's pretty sure he would get the problem right now. It certainly is good to see his confidence coming through! For the reading, he demonstrated a similar newfound confidence, finding that he could have easily done better on the readings. As he was the least successful with literary passages, I hope to focus on these in our remaining sessions."
"Today was our first session. We looked at all the areas of the test and discuss certain things to expect. We focused a lot on math and vocabulary to begin with. The student is a very quick learner and is able to catch on to each concept I explain to him quite quickly."
"The student and I worked on critical reading; this is the area that she struggles with the most. We worked on eliminating answers that couldn't be correct and using compass words in sentence completion exercises. During the second hour, we worked on setting up math word problems. I will send over additional worksheets on critical reading for our next session, along with a practice math test."
"In this session we mostly worked on the writing section, with a bit of work on math. The writing focused on identifying sentence errors, and we talked about strategies for finding common errors, the concepts behind them, and how to break down sentences."
"1. Getting started: the student and I introduced ourselves and I asked her a few questions to get a feel for what kind of help she needed from me. I determined that she needed general Math SAT practice, so we began an SAT practice test. She took the test and afterwards she and I reviewed the test together. 2. Progress: she seems to know the material well. She can perform at a good pace for the SAT, but sometimes needs to read questions more carefully. Occasionally she gets stuck, but after I set up the problem for her, she understands how to complete it. She will see more improvement after a few more practice tests in order to familiarize herself with the material. 3. I left her with an assignment to complete so that we can go over the material during the next session."
"Today we reviewed the reading section and essay the student completed. She reported almost running out of time on the reading section and having the skim the last passage. Despite this, she only got 3 questions wrong. The only way to get better with time management for this section is to keep completing practice tests. We then looked at some sample English and Science passages on the website. For next session, she will complete the next full ACT."
"The student and I reviewed ACT math questions from the test that she took in our last session. Some specific topics that we went over (and that she noted for further study) are the rules of exponents and rules regarding square roots. One key skill that we worked on was how to single out the pertinent information in a word problem (or simply wordy problem) and eliminate unnecessary distractions. Additionally, we practiced "cutting corners" on problems with graphic representations to know how to make visual estimates. One thing that I want to continue to emphasize from today's meeting is that the student's goal for the math portion should be to end the hour with every question filled in. An educated guess, even a random guess, is better than a blank response! Next week we will be going over the English section from her most recent practice test, and her homework will be to complete another full-length test."
"We worked on applications of linear equations and their graphs, as well as multi-step geometry problems involving circles. We also reviewed the technique for finding the distance between two points. The student worked hard since our first session and showed noticeable improvement in graphing and analyzing linear equations. In the next session we plan to study problems applying fractions and percent measurement, as well as word problems that can be solved with linear equations."