Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went through several practice sections from the back of the SAT guide. The student did very well on these, only missing a few problems out of a whole slew of them. She only needs to continue practicing as many questions as possible over the next couple of weeks. I recommended that she complete a practice test for next week to gauge her current score as well as to write an essay at some point for feedback. I will send her a list of vocabulary words organized by concept to aid in her study."
"His scores for the May test came in so we discussed those and our strategy going forward. We reviewed math and English sections he had covered for homework. I went over a few geometry related math concepts (triangles, lines, circles, coordinate geometry, pictographs) with sample questions in all categories, as well as strategy for short passages and rarer critical reading question types. He was left with a sample essay for homework, as well as math and English questions from the official guide."
"The student and I met for another session of SAT tutoring. In this session we focused more on the verbal, as he did well on a verbal practice session. Once again Avery is doing well on grammar."
"I worked with the student to prepare for the SAT test he is taking in a couple weeks. We went over all three sections. He is well prepared for math but just needs to brush up on a couple of concepts. He mostly needs to focus on reading and vocabulary."
"We spent most of our time on math again, focusing on the grid-in questions. The student actually performed very well at this session when we did practice problems of this type. Also, we finished the session by working on a few identifying-sentence-error problems."
"The student and I started off by reviewing the student-produced response section I'd assigned her. She had set up most of these problems correctly. We went through and screened problems to skip and to tackle. We then practiced a complete multiple choice writing section, again reviewing concepts such as parallelism and subject-verb agreement. She did better on this than last time. We finished off with a timed math section. After time had run out, we went through and looked at some problems to tackle and skip."
"Today we went over the student's practice essay in detail. Her writing skills are pretty strong but she needs more practice in developing her essay ideas, so I assigned her another practice essay for Saturday and asked that she not worry about time limits, but brainstorm the ideas thoroughly, and then write the essay without revising. Then we reviewed SAT math and worked through a bunch of practice problems, focusing on the grid-ins."
"The student and I just met yesterday so I took the opportunity today to work through a grammar unit with him. We covered some broad categories on the test and then moved on to the specifics of punctuation and sentence structure."
"The student and I had a good session. We worked mostly on the essay. We also worked on math, working through a math section of practice test 6. The student has a great head for this subject and is doing well."
"We finished reviewing the most important "key concepts" for basic arithmetic. We reviewed concepts related to number properties (negatives, odds, evens, etc.) and exponents and radicals. The student did several practice problems involving manipulation of exponents and radicals, including adding and subtracting exponents for similar bases when multiplying and dividing. After math practice, we focused on reading comprehension."
"We spent time on each of the three exam subjects during our session today. The student and I began by discussing the essay section. We talked about the general format and possible example options that tend to work for the bulk of essay prompts. We continued by working through a long reading passage using the first-and-last-sentence technique, which will hopefully allow the student to maximize her time on the critical reading sections. She did a superb job on the writing section we focused on today. She justified each answer and quickly picked up what were previously unfamiliar grammar rules."
"Today we spent most of our time going over the student's most recent practice test. She improved a decent amount from her last exam! We also spent some time talking about her essay and general writing strategies. We ended the lesson by reviewing math strategies and taking some vocabulary quizzes."