Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During this lesson, the student and I reinforced the techniques we had worked on for reading comprehension and vocabulary, and worked on grammar/writing. I introduced him to a concept he really latched onto re: vocabulary. It's often very difficult for students, they kind of know what a word means, or know a root of a word and want to conclude the meaning of the word itself. While there is a time for making educated guesses (under certain conditions), during the first pass through the answer choices, I told the student not to conclude what a word meant unless he would bet $50 that he was correct. This is a very cut and dry concept that allows students to better differentiate between what they know and what they think they know. The student likes it, and it is working very well to allow him to improve his initial approach."
"The student and I worked on all sections of the SAT, with a particular emphasis on math, since we have spent the most time on reading and writing in the past. He is more comfortable with the math and generally only struggles with a problem if the answer is not readily apparent to him. To combat this, we spent time working through some of the more difficult problems, so he could see that he had all the skills to solve them if he took the time to work through them thoroughly. We spent the last part of the lesson working on vocabulary."
"Today we worked on SAT essays and critical reading. We made some progress; for critical reading our focus is on not choosing an answer that seems correct if it is not the BEST answer provided, and also not answering things based on information that is not there. We spoke about outlining for essays, and how to organize and focus one most effectively while answering the prompt most directly."
"The student scored 630 on the practice reading section and 620 on the practice math section -- an improvement. He struggled to write an essay for the practice test, however, so we discussed methods to come up with effective essay examples and had him write the practice essay from the practice test. We then went over the reading section and looked at strategies to deal with difficult passages."
"During this session, we solved problems from previous exams on the topic of modern physics. We first reviewed the formulas involved in modern physics, then discussed the terms used in these formulas and the units involved. We then solved simple examples before moving on to questions from the exam. We also reviewed the student's lecture notes in detail and solved some of the questions included in his notes."
"Today we focused almost entirely on the English section, and at the end we finished the remaining science sections. I think the student is getting the hang of the test format and what to look for in the questions and answers. He's been practicing hard and seems capable of picking up the grammar and vocabulary rules as well as the suggestions I make in terms of strategy. He's a smart guy. Next time, we'll be working on the math and reading sections."
"We practiced the math and reading sections, ensuring comfort with the appropriate strategies (plugging in; pointing to direct support). The pupil was able to utilize these strategies on a variety of problems. She also became more comfortable with the reading section. I recommended she start practicing sections on her own before the upcoming test."
"The student and I split our time between math and critical reading. She had worked through several practice sections and had found them a bit overwhelming, so we worked through each problem, step-by-step, and recapped approaches to the question types presented on the SAT. When she has confidence in her ability to reason through reading questions, she does a fantastic job eliminating answer choices and finding the solutions to problems. I hope that as we continue to work through practice problems, she will start to feel more self-assured encountering them when I am not there to guide her. She is incredibly determined and seems to be getting more comfortable applying her knowledge to SAT test questions as our sessions progress. We will spend time tomorrow discussing the SAT writing sections, as we have not yet done so."
"The student received his scores from the SAT he took earlier this month, so we spent the first part of the session reviewing his scores. He'll be taking the SAT again next week, so we are reviewing the areas in each subject he needs to work on most. Today, we spent most of the session working on math, focusing on geometry and operations. We reviewed strategies for answering difficult questions, and for specific types of problems, such as factors, divisibility, areas, and exponents. After that, we moved on to the multiple-choice writing section and focused on the questions that involved improving sentences. We reviewed common types of errors. For extra practice, I'm having him write an essay."
"At today's session, the student and I went over the practice reading sections he completed for homework. He only missed only three questions from the three sections that comprised the critical reading section. He said he felt the test was easy. We discussed the essay again briefly, and he seems to be doing a better job of thinking abstractly. I am having him take a practice test before our final session."
"The student and I worked on the critical-reading section and essay today. We focused mainly on how to prepare for the essay and communicate clearly (sentence structure, spelling, etc.). He did a very good job."
"This session we continued to do SAT prep. We worked on critical reading and tackled practice passages, focusing on comprehension. We also went over practice tests she had taken on her own."