Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today was our first session. The student has scheduled her SAT for this upcoming Saturday, 5/03. She was primarily concerned with the math section. The concepts she was having problems with were functions, sequences, and world problems. We went over a past exam that had problems from all the trouble areas. We went through the fundamentals of functions, and the nature of the relationship between the variables. I did not leave any extra practice, but asked her to review the math problems from today. There were no concerns from this session. Our next session will be Sunday, 5/04."
"Today we focused on ACT English. During the first portion of the session, the student took a few practice tests and we discussed the answers (and answering techniques) afterward. One test centered on various punctuation strategies, while others combined various aspects of the English section. Compared to previous practice, her scores have improved, as has her critical thinking and reasoning abilities while taking a timed test. We spent the latter portion of the session on vocabulary, incorporating context clues and similar words/roots/suffixes to figure out definitions."
"This week the student and I continued our work on the Reading sections of both the SAT and ACT. We explored both the scavenger hunt and back-and-forth techniques for improving his pacing and discovered that he had very good results with the back-and-forth technique, but at a cost of exceeding the time limit by a significant margin. Using the scavenger hunt technique allowed him to finish in the allotted time with a notable cost to his accuracy. With those issues in mind, we explored strategies to help him balance time management with accuracy, especially on ACT passages. I asked him to complete a couple of additional sample passages before our next session using the tips that we worked out."
"At the beginning of my session with the student, we reviewed the list of vocabulary words I had assigned last week. We then turned our focus to the essay. I reviewed the essay he had written last week and we discussed the areas in which he could improve to present his argument in the most compelling way. Once he seemed to understand these elements, I administered an essay prompt under timed conditions. After he completed his essay, we spent the remainder of the session on passage-based reading questions of the critical reading section. For the most part, he has a good understanding of what he is reading, so I think his reading comprehension skills just require polishing, which is achievable through practice. At the end of our session, I provided him with a second set of vocabulary words to learn/memorize prior to our session next week."
"Today was our last session and we worked on some practice math problems. He answered nearly all of the math questions correctly. He takes the SAT next Saturday. He should score very well on the exam. This was my last session with him before he takes the SAT. They will let us know in the fall if he needs any tutoring when school starts up again. It was a pleasure working with him and I would be very happy to work with him again in the future."
"Today we began by reviewing the students' practice essays. We then went through the reading and math sections of practice test #8 from the study book, reviewing specific concepts as well as discussing overall strategies on the passage reading and sentence completion questions."
"The student and I reviewed the practice work that she had completed since our last session. We also focused on math and reviewed some of the problems with which she had the most difficulty. The student and I again discussed strategies for writing a strong essay and she will complete another practice essay before our next meeting in two days. She is making excellent progress and her reading and writing scores are really improving!"
"The student and I focused on geometry today, as he struggled with some geometry material on his last attempt. We covered areas and perimeters of triangles, quadrilaterals, and circles. He learned the material fairly easily and is able to successfully complete problems here."
"Today was my first session with the student. We began the class by reviewing his score report from the PSAT and by discussing his goals for the SAT. Based on the score report from the PSAT, we will be prioritizing working on writing, followed by math, then critical reading. The student will be taking the SAT next week and then again in June. We began the class by going over the basic structure and scoring of the SAT and then followed up by discussing strategic guessing on multiple choice questions. We spent the remainder of the class focusing on the different types of multiple choice questions that appear in the writing section and covered sentence improvement and sentence error questions. The student has a relatively good intuitive grasp of grammar. We spent, and will continue to spend, time reviewing the grammatical and usage structures found in the SAT writing section."
"Worked on the ACT English section during this session. This is one of the student's weakest sections, so we spent time going over it in detail and talking about the common things that show up in each section."
"We practiced through a math and writing section. He was more keen on picking up the subtle errors in writing and his math approach also improved. He was comfortable with applying appropriate strategy and only needs to trust in plugging in for algebra a bit more. I recommended that he attempt an entire practice SAT before Saturday. We will go through a comprehensive review on Wednesday."
"Today was my last session with the student. We began by doing a fill-in-the-blank vocabulary exercise, then we reviewed his latest practice test. He has shown significant improvement. His most recent practice test showed scores of over 600 in writing and reading comprehension and nearly a perfect score in math. We spent some time reviewing the questions that he had omitted, gotten wrong, or had trouble with. He seems pretty comfortable with timing and understands most of the errors in his work. The last part of our session was spent working on some more practice problems and reviewing tips and strategies for test day. He will do one section of the next practice test each night until Thursday. I've also asked him to please email me once he gets his results."