Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"She finished the sections assigned from our previous session (3 math and 1 English in practice test 4). We reviewed the questions that she had difficulty with. We then completed the three math sections in practice test 5. She is having less difficulty getting the questions correct and avoiding tricks. As we continue to practice, her speed will increase. I assigned the math sections (and one English section) from practice test 6 for the next session."
"The student is well prepared for his algebra credit exam, so we are beginning SAT sessions once again in addition to previewing algebra II. Today, we practiced for SAT math. He is using some techniques I showed him. I would like to try my best to improve his score to over 2100 by October."
"We went over the student's timed SAT essay from last night. It was quite strong in terms of writing. We then went over more of the writing and reading questions from her practice SAT. Her reading comprehension is pretty good! We have reviewed topics such as matching plurality, matching verb tense, and parallel construction."
"Today was a preliminary meeting, where the student and I sat down and discussed how to move forward. We decided that the student is better off focusing on the SAT than the ACT. His most recent math score is already good enough to get into the programs he is interested in. I asked him to time himself and take either (or both) a math and CR section so I can get a better sense of his strengths/weaknesses."
"Part of the student's homework for the week is to rewrite an essay, using all the advice that I gave her. Hopefully this will again help improve her writing skills overall. She mentioned that reading the parts of the book that I had recommended were indeed helping her, so I told her to continue on reading more of it. We then looked at some more reading comprehension questions and grammar questions. She is getting better at finding the correct answers for them. Her homework, other than rewriting today's essay, is to answer questions from one of the practice tests and to write another timed essay as well."
"The student and I worked on the Critical Reading section of the SAT and she showed a solid intuition in her understanding of the passage questions. She became much clearer on the logic of this section as we went through the questions."
"Tonight was our final session. We practiced timed math sessions. The student had taken several days off for a vacation and her performance on the first session was improving. As long as she remembers her strategies and pacing, she should get the result that she wants on the test."
"The student and I met and went over a math section together. After this, I timed him and let him work on a section on his own. He did well, answering most of the questions correctly. Finally, I had him go over a writing section, which we checked. I did not give him any extra practice. He informed me that we would be meeting twice this week. The next time we are planning on meeting is next Tuesday."
"We went over the student's essay outline and homework sections (math and reading). I showed her examples of student work and explained what makes a good essay, then we covered a lot of geometry concepts. Her reading comprehension skills are astounding, and she needs little work there."
"During this session, we focused on the math section since that was what the student scored lowest in on his diagnostic. I had assigned him some difficult math problems to complete for homework, and he was able to get most of those correct. He also scored a 32 scaled score on the practice English section I assigned him for homework, which is a full 9 POINTS higher than his diagnostic! For the remainder of the session, we worked on difficult math problems out of the ACT prep book."
"The student and I reviewed the work that she did for homework. She completed a few of the vocabulary questions, in addition to a sample of the two passage questions. We went over the two passages and discussed ways to make it a little bit easier. I told her that it would be helpful to write the main idea of each passage down after she reads them. She agreed, and we also practiced using this method with a different set of passages. For homework she also completed a section of the grammar (a portion of the sentence is underlined and the student picks the correct way to phrase this sentence). She got all of the questions correct. For next week (Wednesday) she is going to complete some more grammar questions, in addition to a long critical reading passage."
"The student continues to impress with her exceptional performance in both the reading and writing sections. I anticipate she will score 700+ in each. From now on, we will focus on the math section since she is averaging about a 600. I think she is improving with every week of review since it's been a few years since she's studied algebraic functions, geometric theorems, and other elementary operations. I may also start covering the ACT math and science sections with her."