Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Review of practice test #5. Hard math problems. Our target is a 550 on each section, math included. Therefore a total of 1650."
"The student and I went through a shortened practice SAT. In the case that he doesn't know an answer, he now often narrows it down to two likely answers, one of which is correct. He is also now effectively combining and employing strategies we have worked through together in past sessions. In the reading section, he skims. In the writing section, he is using root words, prefix/ suffix combinations and positive-negatives to answer correctly. In terms of the writing section, we worked through major grammatical concepts including comma usage and subordinate clauses. I strongly recommend that the student continue to review the vocabulary and prefix/ suffix charts I gave him as he understands what the question is asking, but vocabulary occasionally gets in the way. His vocabulary has already improved greatly with study of root words and further review will prove quite helpful to him through every verbal SAT section. Finally, I recommend that he take an entire practice SAT in the SAT book (even math sections) to simulate conditions of the test day."
"We went over the writing I had asked him to plan and do. I offered him a few ideas on improvement, specifically to include a solid introduction with a clear thesis statement. We then worked on math problems. We bounced around through many different types, and I'm going to send over some ones to practice this next week."
"The student and I worked on another SAT section today. We focused on timing and a few test-taking strategies. He has been timing his homework sessions and he seems to be getting better at managing his time. We talked about skipping questions and going back to them. It's important for him to do all of the problems that he can confidently do first. He is pretty good with plugging in answer choices when it makes sense to do so. It seems to be intuitive for him. I showed him a strategy where you can substitute actual numbers for variables in certain instances. We'll have to practice this strategy a bit more."
"The student and I worked on extra problems dealing with the concepts covered during our first session. We then worked on new strategies from the SAT book. In particular, we considered the plug in the answer technique."
"The student and I worked on his provided Accuplacer practice test problems. We reviewed fraction operations, factoring, foiling polynomials, expanding square root polynomials, writing linear equations, finding slope, and solving systems of equations. He has been out of math practice for many years, but he was able to remember the material with my help. He also admitted he needs to memorize some formulas (slope, area and volume, etc.) for this test. He is definitely comfortable with decimals, and was rustier on fractions, but figured it out. He volunteered to find extra practice online, work on it, then show me his progress during our session tomorrow."