Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student is hardworking and focused. She is beginning to take more time to answer the questions she is given instead of rushing through, and takes the time to eliminate answer choices rather than just choose which one looks correct. She continues to make progress each session, especially in math and sentence completions."
"We covered critical reading this session. For the first hour we went over the practice passages and questions that I had assigned last session to go over quicker ways to answer questions and to go over any difficult questions. The second hour we covered a new exam. The student is improving. I have left the student with more practice problems in both math and critical reading."
"Today the student and I spent about 40 minutes learning new vocab and studying what he'd learned in previous weeks. We then worked two reading comprehension sections. The student is improving on sentence completion questions, probably as a result of our focus on vocabulary. We discussed answering the questions as he reads; hopefully, this will help him answer more questions in the time allotted."
"Began work on listening section. Taught note-taking techniques and importance of identifying main ideas."
"Talked about how the student's test from yesterday went, and what we want to focus on now. Went over a lot of practice problems for the reading section, and discussed ways to improve on the vocabulary section. Went over some more math problems, focusing on taking percentages and calculating things like tax/tip."
"The student and I went over best practices for critical reading and math and overall test-taking strategies. She has come such a long way over the course of our sessions together. She developed a really strong sense of the test and increased her ability to make predictions, eliminate answer choices, and make educated guesses. I am confident in her ability to perform well on her test!"
"Today we continued review of math to know for the test. We also reviewed the student's Writing Diagnostic and focused on her weaker areas in this section. The student's Writing Diagnostic scales to approximately a 560. The student struggled most with reading and understanding some of the words in the passages for Analyzing Content portion of the Writing section. I have asked the student to complete the introductory paragraphs for the two essay prompts. I will be sending the student additional vocabulary and will also send her a link to work on Analyzing Content material."
"Great work today. I spent some time over the week taking subject tests to increase my test knowledge. I came up with some question trends for us to look at over the next few weeks and ranked them by the student's confidence. Today we went through evolution, ecology, and taxonomy. The student needed to review some older concepts, and we also established solid working definitions for some commonly misunderstood terms."
"We reviewed questions from practice tests, and the student seems to struggle with the fast pace. To improve this, she will put strategies for solving problems onto notecards. We went through some basic topics and made notecards for exponent rules, slopes and right angles, right triangles, and for factoring quadratics."
"We covered problems from 3 practice tests that the student was unsure how to do, and I asked her to do the remaining problems from 2 of them. We also covered sentence completion and passage-based reading."
"Today we went over the student's homework from last week. One of the things we worked on was simplifying the question into things that she already knew. For example, taking a question asking about function and turning it around to be a line-graph formula. She will work on an essay so she can start prepping for the writing component of the SAT. We also discussed using prefixes and suffixes to discern the meaning of words that she might not understand. Overall a very detailed and fun session."
"Today we went through an SAT practice math exam from the test prep book. The student seemed mostly proficient in the relevant math skills, however she occasionally had trouble with word based problems. We also spent a while discussing test taking strategies for the SAT such as doing all the problems she is certain of how to do before working on the more difficult ones and doing multiple practice exams to get comfortable with the material and minimize test anxiety."