Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We continued work on his writing skills in order to improve his SAT essay score. We began by reviewing and practicing varied sentence structures and rules for comma use, which he mastered excellently but should continue to review and implement in his own writing. Then we reviewed and improved the 10 SAT essay introductions that he wrote between sessions. I noticed huge improvement in his capacity to think of effective examples and present them in a logical way. In working through his introductions, I emphasized techniques for coming up with sophisticated, nuanced answers to the prompts. Finally, we went through how to outline a full essay. For next session, I asked him to write a full essay in response to the prompt I emailed him. He needs to continue working on the specificity of his examples and the language he uses to explain them. We'll work on this next session as we review his full essay. He is improving fast-- I'm confident that his score will go up on October 11."
"Time is still one of the student's biggest challenges, particularly on difficult critical reading passages. We spent most of this session looking at a series of critical reading passages and questions, stopping after each set of questions to talk about how long the student spent on the questions, and various strategies for reducing repeated work. Her time improved over the course of this session, especially for "main idea" questions for which the student can have an answer prepared without having to reread anything in the passage. We also spent about an hour working on outlines for three different essays. By the last essay, the student's time to determine a structure and start listing examples in her outline had greatly improved."
"We discussed the essay the student wrote for homework, then brainstormed practice prompts. He also did math and critical reading practice questions."
"The student and I studied for the SAT math and grammar sections. We did Ch. 2-4 of his math review book, which focused on geometry and statistics. We also worked on Ch. 1 of his grammar prep book. Next week, we will look at ch. 5-7 of math and ch. 2-4 of grammar."
"The student and I talked about his goals, both in general and for our future tutoring sessions. We focused mainly on developing strategies for the reading section, but next week we will move on to the writing section, where he feels he may struggle a bit more. He will complete a reading practice test online this week so we can go over it next week."
"The student and I took most of the session to look over math problems to see where his strengths and weaknesses are. So far it seems like he has a strong grasp on basic Algebraic concepts. He is ready to work and learn. We also discussed college readiness. I left him with some supplementary material on inverse functions and absolute value."