Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"She has shown drastic improvement in both her work ethic and her performance. She demonstrates a higher level of capability across the board and displays a level of focus I haven't seen yet. She is really finding her stride with critical reading content and is doing a good job of creating useful road maps as she ingests the passages."
"The student and I finished reviewing the SAT practice test that he took last week. We reviewed all of the questions that he had trouble with. It seems like the student would see a boost from reviewing some vocabulary words in his time before the test. We reviewed his essay as well and I gave him some suggestions as to how he can give more concrete examples. We then worked on the writing skills portion of the test with our remaining time. I left him with two sections to complete before our next session (Test 4, Section 2 + 10)."
"We went over algebra for the SAT Math Section--functions, but mostly exponentials. The student might need a little more work with exponentials but he's starting to grasp the main rules and principles associated with them. He did brilliantly on Critical Reading as usual. We also worked on agreement in sentences in terms of grammar, subject-verb, pronoun-antecedent, noun-noun agreement, and he remembered everything from last lesson and was able to whiz through our last few practice questions today with ease. He's really beginning to spot inconsistencies in grammar right away and I think that's actually going to be a significant improvement in his SAT scores in itself."
"Concepts covered: Test-taking strategies and tips (when to guess and when not to guess, process of elimination, order of difficulty in various sections); the essay; assorted problems in math and writing sections. Assignments: I will email him later tonight the homework I want completed before our next session. Math. We will continue to work to review the fundamentals. He is an eager student! He wants to do better, and seems committed to doing getting above a 1500 on his SAT. I appreciate his attitude."
"Today the student and I corrected an essay she wrote and reviewed good strategies for writing essays. We also brainstormed outlines for a couple prompts, and discussed how to formulate points from evidence related to the prompts quickly. We then spent some time on math problems, including arithmetic and geometric sequences, averages, perimeters of composite shapes, special right triangles, and squares inscribed in circles. Her homework is to review the resources I sent her, continue through the math review, write an essay, and brainstorm an outline for another. If she can continue taking practice sections, that would be great!"
"Student has no problem with the writing portion of the test, as we found in today's initial exercise using flashcards. He is also very fast and accurate at solving math problems, both through calculation and estimation, as long as he is familiar with the skills being tested - we hit some slight trouble with certain problems testing graphic equations, and he also has less experience with geometry, so we will make these areas a focus. He also does very well at the passage portion of the critical reading, and the double-blank sentence completions. We are working toward boosting his vocabulary, so that he does not get as tripped up by the single-blank sentence completion questions."
"Today the student and I went over the basic strategies for the SAT Reading, Writing, and Essay sections. We did a brief overview of the most common question types and completed a few pages of drill questions from her review book. She is an attentive student and does quite well with picking up the new strategies. Her homework for this week is to complete a full practice exam and memorize a few pages of vocabulary."
"Today we covered: Essay format, writing tips, timing, and outline suggestions, the most commonly tested grammar rules, overall test format and guessing strategies, practice grammar questions of all types, vocabulary practice, and reading passage practice. Student is a strong writer, and we will practice writing the SAT style essay and getting her thoughts down on "paper" quickly."
"We covered detailed approach to assessment test reading. Introduced process for vocabulary as well as continuing work on passage based questions. Student is still adjusting to new methods, we will continued guided practice next lesson."
"During today's session, the student and I continued our walk through of the assessment test. We concluded the critical reading section we had begun in our last session and then turned to the writing section. Based on my preliminary observations of his performance on these practice questions, I believe that his weakest area is critical reading and his strongest area is mathematics. I am confident that he will be able to make significant gains in this area. As critical reading is much more time intensive, he will likely need to complete additional outside preparation to improve on this section. I will assign practice problems as homework during our next session."
"Student and I spent time working on the critical reading and writing sections of the assessment test. We used materials to do this. My recommendation is for him to practice more reading passages as this will be the best way for him to hone in attention to the passage at hand. We will continue next week with some work from assessment test questions."
"This session, we reviewed math concepts, such as radicals and graphical equations, and the inverse of functions. The student has a positive attitude. We also reviewed geometry, such as the surface area and volume of a sphere and circle. I told him to review the rest of the questions on his own, with a written out process that I will then review with him, and also for him to start reviewing the assessment test critical reading section, with official test practice questions online. We will reconvene on Thursday."