Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today was the first session with this student, so of course, I was asking a million and one questions. I administered diagnostic tests for the critical reading and math sections, as that is what time permitted. The diagnostic tests were conducted in a rather unconventional manner. For the critical reading, half of the questions were completed by the student solely, timed. The remaining half was completed aloud, to observe his method in answering the questions. For the math component, the entire diagnostic test was completed aloud in order to gauge how he approaches the problems. He was very engaged during the session; he grasps concepts and patterns quickly, yet is honest when something does not make sense at first. This was definitely a good start to SAT prep!"
"We reviewed vocabulary first today, focusing on the new words from last week. The girls did not remember much from last week, but they had a better grasp of everything after reviewing and acting things out. We worked on reading next, timing passages to approximately one minute per question. Student H finished quite early and found that in most questions she missed, she would have gotten most of them right if she had put a little more time into them and read them fully. Student J found that she was able to focus better if there was something in her hand to fidget with. She will take a big eraser on the test day as a fidget toy. She missed every question in the passage when she did not have something to fidget with, and when she did a new passage with a fidget toy, she got 12 out of 15 correct. Finally, we worked on math. The girls are feeling more confident and are able to do many more problems independently than they were in the beginning."
"Today we drilled for the Math and Critical Reading sections. The student seems to need help most with particularly challenging math questions."
"We covered a good amount of fractions and natural science passages today. We also reviewed some of the homework on cubes. The student struggled a bit with some of the humanities sections but we will work on that. She succeeded at fractions, incorporating functions, and understanding the meaning of passages. I think she showed a lot of progress today."
"We covered a variety of math concepts, starting with direct and inverse variation, and then moved on to SAT test-taking strategies and math questions. After a while, I realized that the student's mental math when it comes to fractions was fairly weak, so we practiced doing fractions in our heads and I taught him how to do many fraction problems quickly without thinking too hard about them. He can now subtract things like 9 - 7/8 in under 3-4 seconds in his head, when before he couldn't get the answer correctly even with pencil and paper. I asked him to complete the next 30 questions of the math assessment so we could go over them next week."
"We covered advanced arithmetic, algebra plug-in methods, and rate problems. The student did well with a majority of the material. He had a good attitude about most of the work. For the next week, he has been assigned the last two math chapters and the first two writing and language chapters from the prep book. In addition, he is supposed to work some timed practice problems. The most important strategy he needs to work on is choosing when to create dummy variables to help solve a problem versus trying to solve the problem using the slower algebraic approach."