Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I spent the first hour and a half of this session reviewing math problems. The student has strong math skills and is confident about putting them to use. We practiced moving between different math problems with a few English problems thrown into the mix. We ended by going over another critical reading / passage response set of questions."
"Today's session went very well. The student and I went over all basic mathematical knowledge required to take the test, as well as English and critical reading strategies. I assigned 3 practice sections, which she will complete before next session, and I look forward to continuing with her."
"The student and I met for a session of assessment tutoring. In this session we really focused on starting to prepare for the test which is in a month."
"It was great to have another session with the student today after our break the last couple of weeks. We started with quick review of the strategies for the Critical Reading. I then had the student work through an entire reading section, and she did a great job! We finished with a run-through of an English section, and the student seems to have very strong grammar skills. For next time, I asked her to work through the rest of the English section we were working on, another reading section, a math section, and an outline for an essay so I can access her writing skills. Overall, the student is continually getting stronger and more confident with the test. I'm looking forward to seeing her at our next session on Sept. 26."
"In this session, the student and I first reviewed her responses to the multiple choice critical reading sections she had been left for homework. She did very well on these questions and was smart in her choices as to which questions to answer vs. omit. We then moved on to the math section. We covered both multiple choice and free response questions of varying difficulty levels. I also instructed her in how to use the book itself to review math concepts that she may not be familiar with. She was left with the math sections of one practice test to complete for homework. Finally, we reviewed the planning (PIE) technique for the essay section that we had previously covered. She was instructed to write the essay we had planned together for homework."
"Since I had been gone for a week, the student and I caught up about what he had done, and what he wanted to move forward with on the last three sessions. He said he felt more confident with error checking for writing, so I took a break from that and just worked on the math chapter 16 in the Review. I thought it was a good review and good way to sharpen his strategy for math problems. I left him with some reading and writing sections, and I will introduce timed drills back into our last few sessions."
"We went over the two sections the student did from last time, and did another Critical Reading one together as well. I gave her two essays to read to learn from, and 2 more to take home. We also went over some vocab question strategies like reviewing the different types (definition, contrast, cause and effect). Since she has 2 weeks until the next section, I assigned her 3 sections as homework."
"The student is getting so much stronger! I'm really impressed. She always does her homework and tries very hard. Her scores have greatly improved. We did a lot of vocab and writing skills today. I asked her to complete two sections for next week."
"The student did very well this session. He completed 4 practice tests on his own, and we went on to finish 4 more. His assignments consist of a mixture of math and English as well as one essay to make his practice problems a bit more well-rounded. He attempts nearly every problem now and seems to have a plan of attack when he begins these problems (which is what I wanted out of him in the first place). He is getting far better at eliminating silly choices, but I feel that he still needs to take his time when it comes to analyzing the multiple choice questions in the English sections."
"We covered a review of work thus far, completing section 7 of the diagnostic test in the study guide, going over missed problems, and did a lot of work in section 9. He was left with continued vocabulary practice and to work on whatever he would choose, and bring questions about tough problems to our next session."
"During this session, I first graded the student's most recent SAT essay and discussed strategies to organize his essay. Next, we reviewed the remainder of the practice test. We will focus on minimizing mistakes for future practice tests. Finally, we went through 5 practice sections together in sentence completion, sentence correction, and mathematics. He did very well on these practice sections. I will send him some additional practice in reading comprehension for him to work on at home. He plans to take another practice test that will guide review at our next session."
"Since last session, the student went through a writing section, a reading section, and two math sections on her own. We went over each questions that we missed, and then discussed in detail what sort of score goals we should be setting and what that means in terms of how many questions she's able to miss per section. We also went through two and a half sections of additional math practice, and discussed test-taking and independent study strategies."