Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student and I reviewed the functions and multi-variable packets I assigned him last session. He did very well with the multi-variable packet, getting 20 out of the 24 problems he attempted correct. This is ideally how he will work and perform on the entire math SAT section; he skipped the questions that he was completely lost on or took longer than 2 minutes, and of the questions he attempted he earned a majority of the points. He struggled a bit with the functions packet, but after reviewing some problems he had an "aha" moment. We also reviewed exponent, absolute value, and defined operations problems. He did well with the absolute value and exponent problems but the defined operations problems seemed to be a bit of a sticking point. Toward the end of our session, he had another "aha" moment regarding these problems. I've asked him to complete the absolute value and defined operations packets before we meet again and I hope that this will give him the practice he needs to solidify what he learned today. He is making good progress; I definitely think we turned a corner during our last session. We're doing our best to fit in as many sessions as possible before school starts so we can cover the remaining math material and get in a fair amount of timed practice!"
"The student and I worked through a set of 13 questions about one passage in a critical reading section. She got 10/13 correct, and the ones she got wrong were ones where she was deciding between two answers and choose the incorrect one. She also had done 3 math sections on her own time and asked me to help her understand the questions she got wrong. She got 10/16, 15/20, and 11/18 correct for each of the three math sections respectively. She got most of the questions she got wrong as a result of not reading the questions properly (and thus not having a good idea as to what to look for with regards to solving the problem). I re-emphasized the importance of getting into the habit of underlining the question and eliminating choices as necessary, but she doesn't do so and consequently keeps getting questions that are relatively easy wrong. It is important for her to "put her pencil on the paper" when doing the SAT in general; I can guarantee her SAT scores will go up because the amount of mistakes would go down."
"The student and I began working on practice problems in order to build his familiarity with the test."