Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This was our last session before her SAT Saturday. We looked over her prepared essay and reiterated her plans for each section. I think she has put in a lot of work, and I wish her best of luck on her test!"
"In this session, the student and I continued to work on the math section. We began by going over a few questions she had about content from her homework. Next, we completed some more practice problems together. She is doing a great job on this, and has already improved noticeably at breaking down tricky and complex problems and finding time-efficient problem-solving strategies."
"The student and I had a very productive session this past Saturday. We started by going over the essay that she completed on the prompt that I had given her the week prior. I was very pleased with her work, and aside from a few slips into informality that would have been frowned upon by the test graders, I would expect her to receive anywhere from a 10 to 12 on the actual test with this quality of work. We followed with two consecutive math sections of the test. We ran these two sections under normal test parameters, allowing for 25 minutes per 20-question section. She scored 16/20 on the first and 18/20 on the second. After we went through some of her errors, I finished by assigning her two sections per day up until we met next, Friday (the day before the test). That would give us a full "practice" test to review before the big day. Her attitude and effort were at an all-time high. As a tutor, it is exciting to see your student peak at just the right time."
"We covered fractions, planar geometry and functions. For tomorrow, the student is to complete a practice test in geometry and in algebra, in addition to vocabulary practice."
"We are entering the home stretch getting ready for the SAT on Saturday. The student continues to struggle with vocabulary -- he has shown improvement from the vocabulary words he's memorized and from some of the tools we've practiced like prefixes, but the more difficult questions are still proving problematic. We reviewed eliminating answers and using our tools. I also gave him an online vocabulary test for homework to help him to focus on individual words and their meanings. We worked through more passage-based questions, especially those dealing with tone. We focused on keywords and their connotations. I assigned him more practice questions and vocabulary, as well as encouraged him to come tomorrow with very specific questions to address."
"The student and I did a general review to prepare for his SAT. We went over essay outlining, critical reading, and grammar. Overall, his confidence has vastly improved, and his accuracy has improved along with it. He has made tons of progress in the last couple of months and should carry his confidence forward into his test."
"Today was our last lesson. We worked primarily on Math to cover our last minute bases. We went over formulas that needed to be memorized, tricky ways to complete tough problems, and other test taking strategies. I told the student to spend the next few days getting rest and going over all of the notes we took over our sessions. He did a nice job today and has really been making noticeable improvements in our last few sessions when compared to our earlier ones. Provided he is well rested for Saturday, I feel confident in him and his ability to earn a higher score."
"The student did a practice test. His goal is at least 500 and preferably the mid 500s. He should have no problem achieving this for his March SAT exam. He's done very well, and could do better still given more time and incentive. This was our final session."
"On Sunday, the two students and I spent the bulk of our time talking about SAT strategies and reviewing vocabulary. We talked about penalties and scoring systems, the best guessing techniques, and reiterated the importance of imagining the hypothetical answer before actually looking at the available multiple choice options. We then went over some new words, emphasizing the potential synonyms and possible context clues, and reviewed the words that we had previously learned."
"We reviewed vocab, sentence correction and math tips, making a "cheat (summary) sheet of tips. We checked to ensure his calculator is acceptable and batteries are good for Saturday, and he will complete the 2nd practice SAT test he had started, as well as work on the homework I had assigned from last week."
"The student and I met for our first session today. She's taking the SAT on Saturday, so we did a quick crash course focusing on passage-based reading, algebra, and arithmetic. We reviewed test-taking strategies including: process of elimination, context clues, plugging in answer choices, and guessing strategies (if she can eliminate 2 answers she should guess, but if she can't she should skip the whole problem). Avoiding those negative points for wrong answers will bring up her score! We also talked briefly about time management, and I again stressed that she should be spending time accruing positive points by focusing on the problems she can solve, ignoring the ones that she can't, and not rushing. We'll be in touch about moving forward with tutoring when her test results come in. Good luck!"
"We reviewed the reading passage that the student did for homework, and it went much better when she read it. We also reviewed the science and went over any questions she had (score 25). We then went to English since she wants to keep that fresh. The passages provided a great chance to review misplaced modifiers and FANBOYS/independent clauses. She is going to take a full test before our next session so we can get a new score approximately one month before the official test."