Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This was my first session with the student, so we started out by talking about her goal score. She would like to score at least a 30. She's hoping to work up to around a 30 because she was told by a recruiter at her dream school that the admissions committee would like to see her around that score. We started working on the reading section. We tried all three main strategies and found that she likes to read the questions first and underline as she goes through the text, often switching between reading and answering questions that she remembers seeing. Starting off, she had trouble going through the passages quickly enough (taking a little more that 10 minutes per passage), but by using the questions-first strategy that problem practically disappeared and she was able to shave two minutes off her average time spent on the passages. She will complete two passages on her own before our next session."
"The student's attitude and attentiveness were very good today. He asked questions, listened intently, and seemed overall more engaged. He saw an increase in his English score (now a 31). We also solidified some important math concepts, including logarithm rules and geometry. Again, it is clear he has the natural ability to score very well. In the last 20 questions of math section #2, he only missed 6 problems, most of which were the result of simple errors rather than lack of knowledge. In English, we saw a few errors in the questions asking about the passage or paragraph as a whole, rather than grammatical questions. Since he normally has a few extra minutes on this section, I recommended using that time to go back and double check only these types of questions. Usually he is able to self-correct them on his second try. His science section is strong and well within time constraints. I think he can score very highly on the exam. I assigned him reading passages for homework using online diagnostic exams."
"The student and I spent the first half of this session working on the math and science sections. We went over the math section, and I offered faster methods to solve many of the problems and we discussed how to properly solve any he may have gotten wrong. We worked through a practice science section where I explained how to efficiently skim the material while rapidly making sense of the diverse styles of graphs you may encounter. We finished the session by working through some practice English passages. The student has improved, but there are still a few things that give him trouble from time to time, notably tenses and logical flow problems. We will cover these grammar rules a bit more during our next session. I told the student he should continue to read and complete some timed sections of his choosing."