Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed strategies for the reading, writing and math section. Writing seems to be his strongest section. In math, we mostly reviewed geometry, ratio and fractions. A practice PSAT is due for next session, and we will go more into depth in math sections, including functions and data analysis."
"Today we did a large number of problems from the learning tools, all focusing on geometry with diagrams. The student will come armed and ready with as much practice done as possible, and a list of final challenges to go over before test day."
"The student and I worked through the improving the sentence sections and spoke about what they were looking for in those specific types of questions. We then went through two math sections and did some practice problems. I showed him simpler ways of doing things, such as plugging in numbers, if he forgets the algebra on the test. We talked about how he is feeling about the test which is coming up in a week and I was glad to hear he is feeling pretty confident."
"The student and I reviewed the practice sections I had assigned her for homework. She seems to be improving. She did really well on the writing section, only missing a few of the problems. We then went over how to write an effective essay and we read through several different sample essays. This week the student is going to take a full practice test to see where she is at."
"Math and reading sections from SAT Prep book -- looked at specific problems. He focused mainly on paying attention to the details of the questions. I told him to do more specific sections of the practice test and review vocabulary."
"Today the student and I went over the Essay section of the SAT. We went through some good essays and some poor ones as if we were SAT graders, and determined what makes an outstanding essay. She was pretty adept at picking out clunky or vague writing, but was a little hesitant to write better versions. We also went through a sample of her own writing to assess her writing style and technique. She is supposed to write an essay for her mother to look over by next session."
"The student shows excellent improvement in both precision and confidence. Problems are solved quickly and accurately, though there are still sections that she doesn't know how to approach. I requested she take an SAT practice test and that she time herself so that we can know how she should adjust her own solving style."
"We tackled a math and a reading section together today and spent some time reviewing the essay. She has made great progress and should perform very well on the test this coming weekend."
"Today we started by covering geometry questions from the math section. We went over some of the particular problems that she struggled with and I also invented some problems that required understanding of the properties of angles and circles. Then we reviewed some improving sentences and identifying sentence errors questions. She is making visible improvement on these questions, identifying parallelism questions by name and picking up on most subject/verb agreement problems."
"The student and I looked at the entire test, going over basic testing strategies for each section. I believe that it will be possible for him to improve his score, even with the quick turnaround that we have."
"The student and I reviewed the practice test sections that he took over the last week. He's shown remarkable improvement in the math and reading comprehension areas. We're focusing on writing now. Great job!"
"Discussed probability problems on the SAT, Bayes' theorem, Venn diagrams, marble problems, card problems, dice problems, and other SAT favorites. Specifically, we worked several problems which involved the threat of "double counting," which is a common trap on the SAT. Also discussed general test taking strategies and the importance of eating and sleeping well before the exam and adjusting the student's workout routine for the day before her exam."