Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over practice questions that he was unable to do. We solved them and went over some additional examples using the question pool. The student is pretty solid on many topics during test taking, I think it will just come down to time and recalling the information quickly. I did not leave him with extra practice, but may send additional materials through email. There were no concerns."
"During today's session, the student and I discussed the logistics of the assessment test literature subject test, and worked on tactics for approaching reading comprehension. We began with a practice section emphasizing poetry because he considers these passages his greatest point of weakness. During our work he presented a solid base of assessment test level vocabulary and many good test taking strategies."
"The student and I went through another full length practice exam. If I were scoring this exam he would have gotten above 700 easily so I am very confident in him. The only thing he needs to work on a bit between now and the test is memorizing some key equations and using the two versions of the right hand rule with magnetic force questions. Other than that, I am really impressed with his progress and knowledge of the subject material. I had a good time working with him in my favorite subject to teach."
"The letter the student sent me was much improved. His organization is much better and he is arguing his points better. I gave some feedback on his essay and assigned him another one for next week. We will spend the following weeks trying to really understand the purpose and themes of passages."
"We covered radioactive decay, nuclear fission & fusion, electromagnetic induction, the behavior of an RC circuit immediately after the switch is closed and in the long term, the first and second laws of thermodynamics, and how to determine the final temperature of two systems that reach thermal equilibrium when placed in contact with one another."
"Today we reviewed the writing strategies from last week and practiced forming essay outlines on various topics. We moved on to sentence errors and worked through examples of common errors. We spent the majority of our time working through passage-based reading questions. I gave the student a few ideas about strategy and then we practiced the concepts with sample questions. He caught on quickly and practiced implementing the concepts. I left him with more passage-based reading questions, assigned him a practice essay to write (with the instructions to write it within the SAT time limit, provide an outline, and give an approximate time for each section), and asked him to get vocabulary cards."
"The student and I met to go over more radical equations so that she has more practice and confidence in time for the test. We also went through more of the practice test in the book since there were several good problems for her to work through. She is doing a lot better with radicals and solving equations, and there are plenty of resources for her to look at (as well as her notes) before the test next week. This is probably our last session before the test."
"The student and I worked mostly on the writing and math portions of the SAT, and only a small amount of the reading portion. The student showed good reasoning skills in both areas, and he should be able to continue with good progress as his vocabulary improves. I recommended he get an SAT review book before our next session on Monday."
"The student and I worked through a few sentence completion practice tests. He has put together flashcards and has made definite progress in both vocabulary and his logical approach to these types of questions. I am confident that if he continues to learn at the current rate that he will exceed his goals for the SAT critical reading section."
"After a hiatus from SAT prep, I was pleased to find that the student actually retained a great deal of the information from our previous sessions. I have reason to believe that she'll do just fine, not only on the scores coming out on Tuesday but, more importantly, for the November test. After we get her scores, we should plan on meeting again to plan our strategy going forward, and, if we have time, talk about college essays a bit."
"The student seems to be making good progress. He is starting to use his excellent reasoning skills with some general math principles."
"In this session, the student and I continued working on the math section. We began by reviewing chapters 15-18. Next, we completed an entire math section together. She had an easy time with most of these problems, and while she found a few difficult, she was eventually able to solve them by breaking them down and reasoning through them. She is doing very well with the math section."