Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I spent our session going through the problems she did for homework, taking time to work through those problems she missed and work on strategies for the future. We went through a couple more verbal, math, and reading practice sections, and evaluated the student's standing so far. She'll be studying more and working on practice problems between now and our final session on Friday, during which we'll making final adjustments for the test."
"We covered the spelling & vocabulary practice that I assigned her. She was quite talented at the spelling portion. Afterwards, we simulated the first two portions of the exam. With my reminders and tips, she paced herself well. I went over a few questions with her to show her how I approached the problems, particularly with the geometry problems."
"Today was our last meeting before the test. I went over the practice test I had assigned him over the weekend. We went over some more work on the two column section, and spent a lot of time reviewing vocabulary and roots. I think he will do just fine on the test."
"I introduced the verbal section to the student. We worked through practice problems and I gave her strategies for each question type. We then did a brief reading comprehension passage, and went over some basic arithmetic."
"Went over the progress he had continued to make on the practice test, which was generally decent. Concentrated a good deal on systems of equations and getting the concept of solving in terms of a variable down, as these were basic algebra skills that he has to master. Proceeded to cover the math achievement section and specifically the word problems on the test. Worked on how to abstract out the problems and read the questions in order to produce an equation. Finished with passages and vocabulary review."
"For homework, the student completed the timed reading and science sections of Practice Test 1. She did excellently in both sections and scored around 27-29. We worked on the questions she missed, and we used evidence from the passages and reasoning to understand how to arrive at the correct answers. Next, we worked on the grammar and math sections of Practice Test 2. We finished the first half of the grammar section. She is familiar with grammar rules and detail oriented; she did very well in this section. For math, we covered solving systems of equations, finding angles/sides/area of triangles, proportions, slope-intercept formula, inequalities and absolute value inequalities, and SOHCAHTOA. For homework, she will complete the timed grammar and math sections of Test 1."
"We repeated the same routine of focusing on math. The student was picking up variable and equation manipulation very well this time around, and she also had a good handle on the variety of topics in the practice test section. She is incorporating correct strategy along the way. We finished with a writing section where she continues to also do well, but she must practice more on her own to identify the more subtle errors (with prepositions especially). Consistent practice will be the key, as always!"
"The student and I worked on the writing section of the SAT. This is the most difficult section for her given its wide range of incarnations. We focused on the hardest questions from the "identifying errors" section. We finished off the session with some physics."
"The student and I started with work in math in our session yesterday. He had taken a timed practice section and had done quite well, answering nearly 90% of the questions correctly. Most of his incorrect answers were either series questions or evaluate and compare questions, so we ran through more practice problems in his book that dealt with these concepts. We also worked on recognizing "short cuts" that are hinted at in the way that a problem is presented, so as to avoid unnecessary intermediate steps. We also spent time with synonyms and grammar. For the grammar, we paused to review when to use "me" vs. "I," considering compound subjects and objects that the test will use to try to trick him, and working to undo the curious fear that many kids have of using the word "me" (beaten out of them, no doubt, years ago when they tried to use "me" as a subject)."
"We started today with a somewhat in-depth review of logarithms and their properties. Later we delved into chemistry. We used an Excel spreadsheet to analyze reaction data graphically, and used linear regression to determine whether reactions are 0th, 1st, or 2nd order."
"This was a math prep session. We began the session by reviewing the reading homework I had assigned. The student did a great job taking notes within the margins to practice active reading. We then moved into the questions within the SAT prep book that she owns and discussed using general logic to determine the answers to many of the problems. She needs to remember that she can solve many of the problems without major mathematical equations. One other strategy we discussed and practiced is breaking down the question into smaller parts to define what we know versus what we don't. She did a fantastic job. The topics we need to work on include x- and y-intercept questions, simplification, and geometry (specifically triangles). Her homework was to finish the practice questions we were working on. She's doing a great job and picking up strategies quickly."
"The student and I worked through a number of questions from a math practice test (the calculator section). Again, she seemed to struggle most with the word problems, although she quickly recalled things we had gone over on Tuesday, and seemed to be making headway. She excelled at the multiple choice writing section, which we looked at briefly at the end of the session, so we're going to continue to focus on math, maybe dedicating half an hour or so at the end of our session to reading/ writing. I just emailed information about her practice over the weekend, which will be from her own SAT book. Again she was engaged, motivated, and a delight to work with. I'm looking forward to seeing her Tuesday."