Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During our session we first discussed the student's previous SAT scores and test dates, the upcoming test date, overall SAT format/content, the guessing "penalty" and strategies for guessing and eliminating incorrect answer choices; and specific areas of the test that she is comfortable and uncomfortable with. We agreed that we would start working on the area of the SAT that she had the lowest scores on from her previous SAT tests - Critical Reading (470). During our first session, we reviewed the 2-step sentence completion strategy and discussed vocabulary study strategies as well. We ended our session with practice in sentence completion using the new strategy we discussed, and she performed very well when we worked through problems together. I have assigned her sentence completion problems to do on her own before our next session. We will review and discuss the step by step strategy for each question she completed, and will continue practice in this area to work on vocabulary and format familiarity before moving on to passage-based reading."
"In our initial session today, I spoke with the student and her father about a number of handouts that I gave her, and about test taking and problem-solving strategies. She and I worked on positive and negative numbers, odd and even numbers, the number line, fraction-decimal-percentage conversions, and had a very brief discussion of perimeter and area calculations for shapes."
"The student and I had a fantastic first session working on reading comprehension. He did not score well on his last ACT so we spent time talking about how to take the test. We specifically discussed thinking of it as a game; figuring out how to answer questions in a way that you could clearly justify using evidence from the text, and not as an objective test of abilities. After we discussed technique and the importance of matching question to text, he got on a role answering all of the questions on social science and fiction correctly. The humanities section came much harder to him; he hasn't had experience with this type of more philosophical/abstract writing, and the logic isn't intuitive. We spent more time discussing how these selections are structured and how to work out their logic. In these sections it's less a question of matching question to fact, than of figuring out the logic of the passage itself. We'll continue to work on humanities passages and on a natural science passage tomorrow, and then we'll turn to time saving techniques he can use so that he can speed up while still using the great skills that he's so rapidly acquiring!"