Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I examined some areas of plane and coordinate geometry that she had not looked at yet, especially circular functions. She has added the circle formula (x-h)^2+(y-k)^2=r^2 to her tool belt and did an admirable job of applying her already adept graphing skills to solving related problems provided through the learning tools. We also reviewed slope-based problems on parallel line geometry and non-coordinate quadrilateral geometry at her request. Her spatial thinking serves her well in estimating area and distance, while we are working on speeding up her process in simplifying formulas."
"During this session, the student and I went over basic testing strategies for the Reading, Writing (including Essay), and Math sections. We did some practice questions in each section, and then spent quite a bit of time on practicing a sample Math section. I believe we will need to focus the most time on reviewing the fundamental math topics that will be tested on the SAT. We will spend the next session walking through important concepts and then reviewing any problems from her practice test she has questions about. For homework, I asked the student to please take a practice SAT exam and complete her essay section."
"We covered the verbal section for 1.5 hours and math for .5 hours. The student thinks that she needs more assistance with the verbal section of the test, and I'm inclined to agree. She is good at reasoning through most problems, but could use some coaching on reading techniques for the long passages and some study of vocabulary words for the short questions. The math went really well -- even better than in our first session -- and we covered a number of topics and question types."
"The student took a practice test and scored in the 600s in all three sections. This is not an actual test situation, but it is still very encouraging. Critical reading is still not his best area, but he is gaining both skill and confidence. We will have two more sessions before he takes the test; one on February 24th and one on March 10th. He will take another practice test before our March 10th meeting. If he keeps practicing, he should do well."
"The student and I worked through all the math sections on a practice SAT. He recently received his scores for the SAT he took and we both felt that it was a good start. I assigned him math sections for homework."
"We went through all three areas: math, reading, and writing. He did well in the math, we looked at graphing questions and given the formulas he was able to reach the correct answers. We then looked at the reading. Vocabulary was not a major issue here and he seemed to understand the passages. The writing portion went a little slower. We're going to focus next time on how to draft essays more quickly and work on geometry."
"We focused specifically on Essay writing. I asked him to complete a full practice exam for homework. He is making nice, noticeable progress."
"In this session, we spent about half of our time going over a practice math section that I had assigned the student ahead of time. We spent the rest of the time doing a practice writing section and concluded by talking about the essay briefly. He struggled with a few of the math problems (specifically: functions, questions that asked for answers in terms of variables, and the Pythagorean theorem as applied to special right triangles), but we worked our way through them, and he seemed to understand them much better by the end. He continues to have a very solid grasp of the writing. I will be assigning him some more practice sections to do ahead of our next session. In particular, I am curious to see how he does with a practice essay (which I will read over and comment on by next Tuesday). I look forward to forging ahead with this very genial and focused student!"
"The student and I did good work in math and reading today. She did a fabulous job on passage-based questions."
"The student and I continued reviewing math, especially coordinate geometry, lines, and parallel lines. He had some trouble with a practice critical reading section, so we also went over critical reading strategies."
"We covered functions, specifically linear, quadratic, and square-rooted equations. The student struggled primarily with integrating the different parts of the standard linear and quadratic equations. The student was genuinely interested in learning this (with some encouragement and context). We discussed and demonstrated how the different parts of standard equations work. I asked her to re-read the geometry sections and to do math practice problems (in addition to her regular vocabulary review), as we will be reviewing geometry on Friday."
"Material covered: SAT math - probability & statistics, profit margin, integer operations; SAT critical reading - review vocab, create new vocab list, natural science passages, paired passages; SAT writing - feedback on essay, improving sentences Extra practice: complete practice SAT critical reading section (time yourself), complete essay prompt in 27 minutes, review new vocab"