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Do you have a college-bound student preparing to take the SAT? Improve their chances of success with private tutoring. Varsity Tutors may match your student with an enthusiastic SAT tutor in Nashville, TN, who may encourage them to aim higher.

The SAT is nearly four hours long, covering several topics. By working with a tutor and learning test-taking strategies, your student may learn how to tackle each section of the exam. They may receive help to understand multiple choice questions and improve their reading comprehension skills.

The SAT tests students on subjects they may have not studied for a while. Your child's tutor may help them brush up on algebra and problem solving, strengthen writing skills, and practice analyzing a text for meaning. Whether your child needs help on a specific portion of the SAT or wants to prepare for the entire exam, a qualified tutor may be able to help. We may help you find an expert SAT tutor in Nashville who may design a study plan suited to your student's individual needs. Your child's tutor may identify areas of confusion, focusing on those topics whether it's math or reading. If your child is taking the optional essay portion of the exam, his or her tutor may help improve their writing skills.

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Recent Tutoring Session Reviews

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"The student and I had a productive session. We did one timed section from each of the three disciplines. The student's critical reading scores are excellent. On the critical reading practice section, she answered 22 out of 24 questions correctly, and all of the passage based questions correctly. Strategically, we agree that the student should plan to answer all of the critical reading problems. She should be able to expect a critical reading score in the 700's. On math, she sometimes makes minor computational errors on simpler problems, which is skewing her score. I think that these mistakes come from an sensitivity to the time pressure. This weekend, she is planning to take a full, timed practice test. She will be able to see where she stands with enough time to correct errors and to relax before the test. On this practice test, I hope she will allow herself to work through the early math problems at a more moderate pace to see if she is still able to finish. In the context of difficult problems, we reviewed mean, counting problems, substitution, and some geometry. She is doing well with the writing grammar sections. We discussed comma, semicolon, and colon use. This week, if she finds time, I hope she can do one grammar section. This should give her more practice with colons and semicolons. She can also pay close attention to their application in sentence completion problems. I will mark the student's practice essay this weekend. Next Monday, we will focus on essay tips and organization, and on her concerns after the practice test."

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"We focused on math pacing for the test. She did well on homework, and was able to complete most of a section within the time limit during lesson. We will finish working on pacing next week."

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"Today the student and I started out by reviewing counting problems, combinations, and permutations. We reviewed the formulas for combinations and permutations, but discussed other ways the problems could be solved without the formulas (drawing pictures, making lists, etc.) We practiced a number of problems and the student got the hang of it very quickly. Next, we briefly reviewed some of the most common errors found in the writing section, specifically subject-verb agreement, subject-pronoun agreement, parallel structure, and misused modifiers. We did two of the writing sections aloud to go over these principles as well as many of the others that are frequently found on the test. For the final half hour I had her do a timed math section which I will review and go over with her next week. I left her with some reading to do in the book and I have sent her an online quiz concerning multivariable equations."

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"This was my first session with the student. After introductions, we dove into a section of the math, working systematically through the questions together in a book that he already had. I think it'll be crucial going forward to get lots of practice on figuring out what is and isn't essential information in the presentation of math questions -- understanding exactly what path(s) the question is trying to guide you down.
The student can't always explain why he chose the answer he did in terms of grammar and usage rules, he almost always has the correct intuition about what sounds clear and concise. He was attentive and engaged throughout the session. I think he has a lot of potential, and I look forward to working with him further. I will be emailing him with practice sections to do before our next session, and his dad will be proctoring the essay at home for me to look at."

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"The student and I had a good first session today. Since it was the first session, we started by talking about her feeling towards the test, what she thinks she needs to improve on, and what her goal score is. We then did a little bit of each subject, so I could see how she approaches problems and what she is comfortable and uncomfortable with. She did really well with the few math problems we did. There were a couple problems where she said she didn't know where to start after reading the problem, so I encouraged her to start writing down what she knows from what the problem states, and just by doing that she might start to see the way forward. She also mentioned that for some problems she will try plugging in each of the answer choices to find the right one- this is definitely a good approach in some cases! In others, the math is actually pretty straightforward, and it is more efficient to solve the problem directly. We saw this in a question about calculating averages. In the critical reading work we did, she had a bit of difficulty with the sentence completion problems, which are genuinely hard and really require you to simply know a lot of tough vocabulary. She started keeping track of the words she is learning, and we talked about a couple good SAT vocab resources. We also practiced finding context clues within the surrounding sentence to help figure out what kind of word belongs in the gap. We then talked about a couple of strategies for the passage-based reading problems. For the shorter passages, it is helpful to read the questions ahead of time so you know what to look for while reading. I don't recommend this for the longer passages because there can be 8-9 questions on a single long passage, and reading all those questions ahead of time would be mentally draining. We also practiced taking brief but helpful notes while reading a long passage. She admits that sometimes she would get nervous about time while reading a passage, and would skip ahead to the questions, perhaps without even really processing what she had read. This is very understandable, and again will be addressed with practice. We wrapped up by spending just a couple of minutes on the writing section. We talked through a pre-writing exercise for a sample essay question, and she demonstrated a good understanding of what makes up an effective essay. We'll pick up with writing next week since we didn't do too much of it yesterday. Next week I'd also like to review the vocab learned this week, practice some more passage-based reading, and if there is time, do a brief review of and practice with lines, a really common SAT math topic. She seems super motivated and willing to work on her own, and I have high hopes for our tutoring experience!"

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"First we covered SAT math, including coordinate geometry, area/perimeter of quadrilaterals, and permutations. Then we covered SAT critical reading, including paired passages and humanities passages."

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"Good to see the student again. This log combines the 1.5-hour session we had on 2/18 with the 2-hour session we had on 2/16. These sessions were very useful to us because we finally had some solid data points from his practice examination. His final scores were a 730 on math, a 570 on verbal, and a 650 on writing. In verbal, the main obstacles were "read small" questions (which give specific lines of reference), comprehension of applied topics, vocabulary (5 raw vocab missed, in addition to one reading comprehension question that used an unfamiliar word), and comparison of passages (3 missed). His writing problem areas were mainly in plural/singular agreement, sentence redundancies, past perfect tense, run-ons, verb trees, and subject-verb-object agreement. Difficulty in the math section popped up here and there, but usually his problems had something to do with misreading the question; once clarified, he executed with no problem. After strategizing, we agreed that the best use of his time will be to go all out on the verbal and writing sections, while addressing math when appropriate. We will continue to ramp up his workload and practice sections so that he is adequately exposed to the breadth of possible questions at least two weeks before the exam."

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"Today, we spent an hour and 20 minutes discussing SAT Math. We covered several new topics, including Statistics, probability, and sets, as well as coordinate geometry. The student was fairly familiar with most of the material, but Sets were new to him, so I explained the rules and he was then able to solve the problems more comfortably. He only found some of the hardest problems challenging, but improved as the session progressed. I asked him to practice more problems on Sets and coordinate geometry, as well as to review the remainder of the geometry section for our session next week. By next week, we will have covered all the Math content, and then I will start challenging him with the hardest problems in each topic. We also spent 40 minutes on Critical Reading, and he is already fairly strong in this area. He is particularly good at passage-based questions; the sentence completion questions are occasionally difficult for him if they involve words he is unfamiliar with. Hopefully, with more practice and a review of the SAT Vocabulary list I gave him, this section should become fairly easy for him soon! I asked the student to keep practicing Critical Reading passages in his own time, and that, when he wants to do some Writing practice, he can write essays, send them, and I will grade and return them via email."

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"The student and I spent the first half of our session looking at critical reading problems. She took a section of the diagnostic test, which we reviewed. We worked through a separate section and she only missed one problem. If she can stay focused and reduce stress on test day, she should do pretty well; the material isn't hard for her, just the length of the test. I recommended to her that she take a few deep breaths and try to focus on one question at a time whenever she starts feeling overwhelmed or worn out.
We also looked at some sections on geometry and problem solving for the math section. She has a very good grasp of geometry, and she is currently learning algebra in school, so the material should mostly be accessible to her. Time management and pacing should be her focus on the math sections."

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"Today, we focused initially on advanced math concepts/problems (e.g. functions in conjunction with shapes, simultaneous equations, special right triangles, and more). She has a much stronger handle on these as a result of our practice. She blazed through a good amount of latter-end math problems in the practice sections. For the remainder of the session, we focused on the essay, reading through examples and noting their general structures. She understood by the end how she should approach the topic questions and formulate her examples. We will continue to practice through passages and math problems for tomorrow morning's session."

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"We had a shorter session this time (1.5 hours) but managed to cover a lot of material regardless. The student had completed some practice test sections and we reviewed the concepts and questions he had gotten wrong. Math is definitely his most solid topic - the only question he got wrong was due to copying down a formula incorrectly. Of the reading section he completed, he had difficulty with the comparison of two passages with different opinions. He has decided that it's much harder than a single long passage. We will continue to work on strategies for dealing with these sorts of problems now that we know he has the trouble with them. The writing sections he did went much better than last time. He is starting to recognize some of the common errors, and it's helping him get more questions correct. We spent some time talking about the timing for these sections as well. He was feeling pretty confident that his timing was ok, but we still came up with ways for him to save time as he works. Lastly, we reviewed his practice essay. I told him to write himself a list of things he could use as support for these essays (historical events, book events, etc.) because he mentioned that he had a tough time coming up with any ideas for this essay. Overall, we are making good progress, and he is feeling good about the material. I have asked him to complete practice test 3 before we meet next. "

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