Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered SAT structure, scoring, and basic strategy like using Process of Elimination to eliminate at least 2 answer choices prior to answering a difficult problem and skipping a problem that the student has a high probability of getting wrong (regardless of proper strategy). We also did both Sentence Completion and Passage-Based Reading problems and the student did quite well with both question types. I asked her to do 20 minutes of Math flashcards a day, alternating between the different math topics for next time."
"The student and I began our session by going over the essay she sent me. We discussed where her thesis deviated from what the question was asking her to explore and how she could have narrowed the scope of her examples in order to provide a richer detailed instance to prove her point. Then, we transitioned to the math section. She clearly knows all the math the is required for the exam."
"The student and I started this session by reviewing grammar, the only assessment subject we had yet to cover in-depth. After reviewing some grammatical concepts with me, he got the vast majority of the review questions correct in a very short time. We then switched to math grid-in questions. He finished a group of grid-in questions with plenty of time to spare. We also covered some parts of a reading section. I assigned him a few practice sections including reading comprehension to complete during the week."
"During today's session, we mainly concentrated on the SAT Literature test, though we spent the last 15 minutes working on the SAT Math II test as well. The student and I worked through the majority of a practice Literature test together, reading passages and poems and answering specific questions about the subject matter and literary elements. His aptitude at identifying particular literary tools is already quite developed. For that reason, we will continue to focus on improving his comprehension of both the overall meaning of literary pieces and the meaning of specific esoteric terms from context."
"The student and I picked up where we'd left off by finishing the geometry section (circles) and then moving on to the algebra 2 section. Most of the algebra two material seemed familiar to him and what was unfamiliar he seemed to pick up quickly. He was unfamiliar with transformations but I think that he understands that the way to consider them is by what they do to a standard equation in a step-by-step fashion (x^2). Overall the student was pretty comfortable with the remainder of the material so it didn't take long for us to run through this entire section (tables/charts, graphing, negative/fractional exponents). We finished the session by going over two geometry problems that pull in a lot of different skills and are commonly found on the exam."
"The student and discussed tips and tricks that would be beneficial to her for all sections of the SAT. We mainly just went over certain concepts and did a general review of the exam, since she will be taking it this Saturday. We are planning to meet on Friday to have a last review session to go over any additional questions/concerns she may have. Wishing her the best of luck on the SAT!"
"We finished up the 16 or so problems on his practice test on SAT Level 1 Math. We then took a look for fun word problems in the Level 2 Math section. We also worked on speed and SAT test game theory. That should finish up the Math portion of his tutoring sessions. I wish him the best of luck in his selection of universities."
"I asked the student what she felt she still needed work on since this is the last day we meet before she takes her SAT. She said math, so we worked through a lot of math problems and brought back some concepts that she had forgotten over time."
"The student and I did some very positive preliminary work today on math, vocabulary, and (briefly) grammar. Her math skills are more than adequate for a high score, but she'll need to learn to recognize patterns on the SAT so that she can remember how to do each of the types of problems that often come up. After she begins to study the vocabulary flash cards that she gets, I'm fairly confident that she can get a perfect, or near perfect, score on the vocabulary section, but we'll have to practice her timing so that she is able to work a bit faster. All in all, I think today was a positive step, but there is still a lot to get accomplished! Onwards and upwards!"
"At our last session, I asked the student to take a full practice test for our meeting this week in anticipation of her upcoming PSAT. I expected her to have improved slightly after our work the last two weeks, but she did incredibly well, improving her score by 220 points, reaching the goal she set of 1800. We spent the remainder of the session, after grading the test, going over the questions she skipped or missed. We covered critical reading (her best section) as well as all of the math. Next week we will pick up with writing, finishing our review of the practice test."
"The student and I reviewed and practiced some sentence completion questions and decided that some vocab review would help, and so moved on to incorporating a list of 15 new vocab words into sentences. We then finished with two long paragraph reading/questions. I assigned him a practice test in his critical reading workbook, and told him to try summarizing and reacting to the reading as he's reading it, to put things in his own words."
"At our last session, the student and I reviewed several test sections she'd completed as homework. She continues to do extremely well in the critical reading and writing sections, though she struggles with math. We spent the majority of our time looking over math questions she answered incorrectly. She quickly understands why the solution works and retains that information for the next time she encounters that question type."