Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Began by reviewing SAT math homework. Student did quite well, answering most questions and getting every one that was not omitted correct. Covered SAT reading in detail and practiced passage readings. Worked on grammar rules for SAT writing. will continue next lesson."
"The student and I met for another session of SAT tutoring. In his session we worked on math and grammar. We first went over a math section that he did decently well on. We then moved to grammar. He did very well at this. He scored in the high 500s on this section. He still can improve, but I was very pleased with his progress."
"The student and I continued to work on refining strategies for the SAT and concluded by taking an abbreviated version of a SAT to test these strategies. She also wrote a SAT essay on the day between our session. We worked on refining the essay she wrote line-by-line. I'm looking forward to hearing that she did very well on her SAT."
"Today, we covered critical reading. Both of them are doing well on the vocabulary. I'm really working with them on strategies, so that they'll always know what to do when they feel stuck, as I don't want them lingering on the hardest problems for too long. Essentially, the English section isn't about finding general best fit answers; it is about ruling out wrong answers through nitpicking and logic. They're starting to get this, but it takes time to form the correct habits. We also talked through the passages they read, focusing on how they could have picked up more information on the initial read-through."
"In today's session, we spent the majority of time focused on SAT Math. We first went over the handout focused on "New Symbol" or "New Term" math problems. We then went over the Math practice test that was assigned in the last session. New math topics that were covered were problems related to rates, counting and probabilities. We also focused on the application of various strategies such as back-solving and picking numbers. We also spent about 45 minutes on reviewing assignments given for the critical reading and writing section (covered passage based questions and grammar problems related to the use of the perfect tenses), which he did very well on. For next session, he was assigned practice problems from the SAT study guide (page 88-94; 188-195, and handouts of sets of math problems focused on the material covered today)."
"The student and I reviewed the work that he had completed since the last time that we met. We discussed his essay and I explained some strategies for improving his writing on the SAT. We also covered several sections of practice questions and reviewed his incorrect answers from his practice SAT. I asked him to complete a practice essay and several math practice sections before our next meeting."
"The student explained that she had a tutor from a different company before me for SAT, then we went over part of a practice test she recently took to gauge how much she knows about particular topics. We went over some algebra concepts, focusing on how the SAT tries to "trick" you into doing more work than you have to. We also went over some grammar and fill-ins. She is actually very adept at all the basic concepts covered (that we encountered); it's just a matter of timing, confidence, and vocabulary. She will do a math and reading section for next time, and I will spend this week finding problems of specific topics she needs to work on."
"The student and I began our session by working through a mixed math section- 8 multiple-choice and 10 grid-in. He did fairly well on it, getting about 60% correct. (I consider that particular section to be an unusually difficult one, so I'm not terribly concerned.) After that, he worked through a writing section, on which he got about 75% correct. Many of the questions he missed were parallelism questions, so I discussed the importance of parallelism and how frequently it appears on the SAT. He then worked through a reading section, getting about 80% of those correct, and a strictly multiple-choice math section, 70% of which he answered correctly. Finally, we wrapped up by finishing the practice test, an improving sentences section he answered quickly and with good accuracy."
"The student and I discussed how she did in her SAT exam on Saturday. We then went over some math concepts to begin preparing for her next SAT exam in June. I left her with some practice problem sets to work on until next week."
"We had a very good session. When going over the homework, the student missed only three of nineteen questions. We continued work on the Critical Reading section; he did himself one better by not missing any of the questions. There is no doubt that he has grown more comfortable with the method of approach and the general make-up of these questions. I assigned him two reading passages and their questions for homework."
"We began by finishing up going over the sections from our last session, then continued with timed practice of reading tests. Her scores doubled from our last session so we discussed factors that may have contributed. She thinks allowing herself to slow down and not worry about the time helped. I left her with vocabulary for homework."
"The student and I covered the practice test that he partially completed for homework. Most of our work lay in reviewing the writing multiple choice and essay, the latter of which I found insufficient in development of a main idea along with appropriate supporting details and variety of sentence structure/vocabulary. We also reviewed the critical reading and mathematics sections. For homework I assigned him another practice test as well as some supplementary essay exercises."