Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed a verbal section for diagnostic purposes. The student did excellently. His vocabulary testing was overall great. We did 5-6 math questions, which he aced. I asked him to do 1-2 sections in preparation for the next session."
"This was my first session with Student 1 and Student 2. I began by asking the girls what level of math and English they were in currently in school, what subjects they had taken, and about previous SAT prep and their previous scores. Both girls scored ~1600, with Student 1 doing better in math and Student 2 doing better in critical reading and writing. Each girl had their own SAT prep book, so we began by working together through the first section of test 1. For vocabulary, I suggested creating a study guide by looking up each of the words in a dictionary, to aid in vocabulary on future practice tests. Student 2 was much faster at reading and solving the problems. As we moved on to reading comprehension, for the more difficult longer sentences, the girls were able to work through logic and use contextual clues for further unknown words. When explaining concepts in problems that they missed, the girls were quick to grasp the new material. Next, we moved on to the first math section, where Student 1 began to quickly outpace her sister in solving the equations. Both girls were quick to reach for the calculator for simple arithmetic, but when pressed to solve them on paper were quite capable. For the next session, I asked the girls to take practice test 2 under realistic timing conditions, to try and get a better feel for how they would do on the SAT, as well as to gauge their individual strengths."
"The student and I began by reviewing the list of examples for the essay section that he came up with for homework. Most were very strong. We discussed how to brainstorm with this list of examples, how to write the introduction using a "fill-in-the-blank" approach, how to craft strong body paragraphs, and how to incorporate a short conclusion into the second body paragraph. For homework, he will research and learn more about the examples on his list, and apply the skills he learned by writing a timed essay. Next, we discussed the grammar sections that he completed for homework. We learned some basic strategies for approaching grammar questions, and began reviewing the sixteen different type of grammar problems on the SAT. He did a great job with the practice problems. For homework, he will complete one section each of Improving Sentences problems and Identifying Sentence Errors problems. On Sunday, we will finish going over the sixteen types of grammar problems, talk more about the essay, and begin learning about the Critical Reading section."