Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We continued our focus on the critical reading and writing sections of the SAT. Prior to our session, I asked the students to complete two times sections. At the beginning of our session, we reviewed the answers to those sections and paid particular attention to any questions or reading passages that posed a challenge. Subsequently, we moved on to a new critical reading section. Overall, both students did very well. Some improvement could be made to their vocabularies, but their reading comprehension skills are very good. On the multiple choice writing sections, we are consistently running into issues that show evidence of gaps in their understanding of basic grammar fundamentals. We are still having a bit of trouble identifying things like subjects and verbs, but they are certainly improving in comparison to their first performance on this type of section. I've advised both students to do supplemental grammar learning outside of our sessions as well. Prior to our next and final session together, I've asked the boys to do two timed sections - one math and one critical reading. As they both did very well on the PSAT math section, I wanted to tailor our six sessions toward building their verbal skills. However, for the sake of thoroughness, I gave them a math section in case there happen to be similar gaps in understanding to be identified early on."
"I had asked that the student take a practice test on his own so we could go over it together, so we went over a reading, writing, and math section. Math is his strongest subject and he generally did well and understood most of the mistakes that he made. As far as reading, his vocabulary needs work and he missed out on the meaning of the long passage, but he did understand his errors and even corrected himself when he read the question again. Writing is his weakest section; he relies too much on "how it sounds" rather than precisely identifying the grammar, and he was also too hesitant to mark "No Error" on the sentence corrections. Still, he understood what he needed to work on and I think he has a lot of potential for improvement. A significant improvement on the PSAT, which is coming up soon for him, is fair to expect."
"For this lesson, the student and I worked through sections in chapter 9 of the test prep book. We started off with vocabulary, short reading, and long reading. He got global questions (main idea, purpose, etc.) quickly, as well as specific questions (line reference). We then jumped to grammar and finally math for the remainder of the session, where the student performed well."