Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During this lesson, the student and I worked on Math. I had given him a good number of sections for homework, but used our books section guide to usher the student through the covered material, beginning with the basics. With math, and especially with a limited amount of time, I find it is most effective to focus on areas of weakness -as such, I move as quickly as possible through areas of strength so we can dedicate time where it is needed. I identified several areas we must work on next lesson, including Geometry. Additionally, I learned that (1), there are some basic concepts that are problems. And (2), there may be others that, if they do exist, must be identified and addressed. While there is much to be done, I anticipate making huge strides on Thursday."
"We reviewed strategies for math (plugging in for algebra, plugging in your own number, plugging in the answer, etc.) and covered a variety of topics (averages, medians, ratios, geometry, etc.). We also covered reading strategy (finding direct support). The student needs to practice as much as possible on his own before the test, given the short amount of time. I sent him a vocabulary list and entreated him to do practice on a website and in the book."
"The student and I spent our last session reviewing his practice exam and honing his grammar skills. He seemed a bit disappointed in his practice-test score, though it did improve. More often than not, he was able to correct his errors himself as we read through the questions he had answered incorrectly. The writing section caused him the most trouble, so we spent our remaining time working through writing sections. After a few practice problems, he quickly improved his ability to identify subject/verb agreement and comparison issues. He struggled somewhat with idiom-based questions, so I will email him a list of common idioms to look over. I also will attach preposition and pronouns sheets so he will have written handouts to which he can refer."
"The pupil and I worked on the critical reading and math portions of the test. We covered basic test-taking techniques and filled in a few information gaps (i.e. special right triangles). We also talked about bringing older information back to the front of her brain so that it can be combined in new ways for different questions."
"Reviewed scores and studied for the SAT. Discussed plans, goals, and test sections of greatest strengths/weaknesses. Gave timed practice test using first reading section of the first practice test in the study guide. Went through each question of the section in detail, focusing on strategy and reasoning used to arrive at each answer. Next session, will wrap up final reading passage, give more reading section practice to check timing using new strategies, and introduce writing sections."
"The student received her May SAT scores, and she improved in the critical reading and writing sections and obtained the same excellent score in math. We will continue to push hard in the critical reading section, drilling the vocab, practicing passage-mapping, and answering reading-comprehension questions. She does well in and between sessions, working very hard."
"We spent the session putting final touches on the writing section, as the student completed his homework and did very well on that section. I think increasing his familiarity with the types of questions and sentence structures will be most helpful. He also did well on the math section, and next time we will focus on the critical reading section."
"The student and I began work on a practice SAT under conditions as close to a real test as I could replicate in a library (i.e. Scantron, strict time limits, reminders of how much time remained). The purpose was to evaluate where she's at with all three subjects as well as to try to acclimate her as much as possible to conditions that she could find stressful."
"This session, the student and I focused on math. Since the student completed 1/2 of test 1 (as I assigned to her), we went over the two math sections on that test and identified areas we could work on. We focused on special triangles (45-45 and 30-60-90), slope-intercept form, remainders, and percentages."
"He prepared an essay for me to review. I tried to show him how he could write his first paragraph so that it would easily lead into the rest of the paper and establish his position on the statement."
"We worked for 1 1/2 hours on SAT prep; mostly math, some critical reading. She had a very few questions about a practice test from the book, but mostly we worked from the blue SAT prep book. She performed very well."
"We did a lot of critical reading today, including one timed section. We also worked on parallelism for writing and coordinate geometry for math. I asked her to complete a critical reading section and a writing section for next time."