Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, we covered an entire test's worth of critical reading. We stressed that this is ultimately a logic test. They should be looking for reasons to disqualify answers over searching for a 'general fit' best answer. Both are doing well on vocabulary, but struggle more with the reading passages. It is very important that, if the question gives a line number, they check the passage out for reference. I think both of them learned a lot, in terms of content and strategy today, and I'm hopeful to see a performance increase next time we check in on critical reading."
"This was our first meeting, so we covered some of the basics of the SAT, then focused in on sentence completion (on the reading sections) and sentence correction (on the writing section) questions. I recommended some extra practice (both in the practice book and online)."
"We went over SAT writing and math. First, we went over some idioms in SAT writing. Then, we went over a practice test in SAT math. Next, we did a 10 min section in writing. Finally, we did another SAT math section to finish."
"Went over a Math and Writing section, and the student did amazingly well, getting almost every question right! It wasn't timed, but she has progressed a lot in her thinking process about the Writing section questions. We will be going over a timed practice test in the next session."
"Last session with the student before his SAT. He is looking to raise his writing score the most, so we focused on outlining a sample essay and went through practice multiple choice sections to review strategies and common concepts. Then we practiced some math and one page of sentence completions."
"In this session, we covered the Essay and Reading Comprehension sections of the SAT. We reviewed techniques, worked through practice problems, and covered solutions and approaches. Near the end of the session, we spent a bit of time reviewing calculus."
"Discussed approach to structuring studies for test and graduate school admissions process. Covered resources for building foundation of understanding key math concepts. Discussed vocabulary-building strategies. Briefly covered essay strategy."
"The student and I went over his mistakes from the critical reading and writing sections from the fifth practice SAT in the guide, as well as extra critical reading and writing samples from the practice SAT. The student was struggling the most with the writing section. I did not leave him with any extra practice and have no concerns from this session - this was our last lesson."
"The student and I have not met for awhile as he was away during his vacation from school. We are spending a few sessions this week reviewing for the May 3rd SAT. For the most part he simply need to continue practicing. We did some practice in all three sections and had a heavy focus on hard math problems. For our next session he is going to do a lot of math practice that we can use for review, and I have high hopes for him on test day."
"We spent a lot of time on coordinate planes and the line equation. The student promised to practice and study that subject tonight, and I will quiz her on it tomorrow. She showed marked improvement in solving many of the problems, and was able to get at least half way through many of the difficult ones."
"I gave the student some more difficult SAT-type questions, and we did math exclusively. Most of these questions would probably be rated 4 or 5 on the difficulty scale, but he was able to do most of them, albeit with some time. He's starting to show a bit more creativity in solving questions that surprise him, but he can often be too reliant on his calculator. On a few questions, I showed him how not using a calculator would actually save him time if he is able to find patterns or ways to simplify the question."
"We covered a wide variety of topics today. We started with vocabulary, talked about essays, went through a writing multiple choice section, and then a math section. The student performs well on the English sections, so we'll focus on math."