Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We continued where we left off and looked over a math section and writing section the student did. He missed just one writing question. We went over functions, substitution, graphing and circle geometry. These algebra/geometry concepts - he needs to spend time to go over these concepts on his own in his algebra class and in the practice book. Fixing these fundamentals and not making small mental math errors could greatly increase the student's score."
"Reviewed questions the student had from Math section, then continued to work through Reading, Writing, and Math sections of a practice test to practice strategies for different problem types."
"We worked on the critical reading section of the assessment. We worked on developing a system to approach the vocabulary questions, especially with advanced words -- looking at the blanks, thinking of what words fit, and then looking at answers. We also began to talk about word parts. We also moved on to the passage based questions. We also talked about strategies to using time efficiently on this section. I assigned him vocabulary cards and also the Critical Reading sections of two practice tests (untimed) to implement what we had learned today."
"We covered Reading Comprehension approach and reviewed probability. The student primarily struggled with correctly identifying the type of probability set to use. The student was generally interested in learning the correct approach. For next week, the student is to complete a practice test so we can gauge where he is."
"We completed the last practice test in the book. We scored it and she improved by 5 points. We did additional practice on Geometry and Data Analysis type problems she might see on the PSAT."
"The student and I continued to work on the improving sentences section, with a specific concentration on identifying sentence errors. Toward the end of the session, we moved on to the improving paragraphs section."
"The student did the improving sentences questions. I think that when she takes the PSAT on Wednesday, this is the section of the writing to skim the most and come back to at the end, in order to complete a large percentage of the section in the allotted 30 minutes. Overall, I think she has improved the most in the critical reading."
"With the student's test coming up this week, we devoted most of today to each portion of the Writing Skills section of the placement test. After drilling Sentence Errors, Improving Sentences, and Improving Paragraphs, his only enduring issue is a slight tendency to rush. He is highly intelligent and has no issues with the time limits; as long as he reads each question carefully and does not second-guess himself, I would expect him to score in the upper tier of admissions test takers."
"Worked PSAT problems to prep for practice SAT on Saturday. Focused on how to translate the problems into equations, etc."
"The student found out her PSAT is next week. She did the homework problems I assigned her at the last session, and they needed correction and discussion, so we went over them together. Since her PSAT is so soon, we then went through the practice PSAT Math section in the book and got about halfway through. She has some problems with remembering to carry through positive/negative signs, exponents, percentages, substitution, and reverse foiling (factoring). I am going to prepare a mini-lesson plan about reverse factoring for next lesson and we will focus on the problem areas in the first part of next session before tackling the rest of the problems in the practice PSAT Math section. I have let her and her parents know that after next session (this Sunday) if she would like me to do an extra session on Monday or Tuesday before her PSAT (on Wednesday) or move up the following Sunday so we can meet before her test, I am available to do so. When she concentrates on the problems, she does really well. She doesn't write out all the steps of each problem like I've been trying to integrate, but she still gets the right answers."
"For critical reading, once she hears the essay read, she's able to identify the tone of the passage, the questions, and what the overall message of the passage is saying; however, on her own, she may struggle with the extended segments. It's completely natural for a student to struggle staying focused, so we worked on tips and strategies to cope with the exhaustion associated with the critical reading section. I told her to identify ONLY the paragraph in question and to avoid reading the entire section, as it's really difficult to actually pay attention the entire time while remembering tone, details, etc. She and I went through both the fill-in-the-blank sections (vocabulary-based) and the actual critical reading section."
"I brought worksheets for the student and I to work through (radicals, finding volumes of solids, and probability). We went over each specifically, and she went through the practice problems. She finished math section 2 of our last practice test in the book, and showed a lot of improvement. What has been most helpful for her has been writing down all her work (for easy review), plugging in simple numbers when in doubt, and making sure to review, review, review! We've gone over a lot of the specific material she had trouble with, so now it's all about minimizing the simple mistakes. Homework: finish test 2, review all vocab, and finish advanced math drills."