Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went over reading sections, in particular the passage based questions. Heb can answer most of the questions correctly if he can take his time."
"This week, the student and I worked in depth on the writing section of the test. We worked through dangling modifiers, parallelism, "neither...nor"/ "either...or" and idiom answers. We also worked through the three SAT writing question types: improving sentences, identifying sentence errors and improving paragraphs. He is already picking up strategies for approaching these questions quite quickly. He has mastered "and I" vs. "and me" questions. He's also picking up vocabulary, getting all 20 word definitions correct for this week. For next week, I am sending him 20 more words to review. In addition, I am asking that he complete a writing section in the SAT practice book. Great work this week."
"We began this session with a review of vocabulary, and as has regularly been the case, the student did very well. We then moved on to discuss the results of the exam he took during the previous session. Overall, the results of this practice exam were a positive sign - based off of the baseline scores I was given before we started our work, the student improved his score in every section of the exam. I was sure to caution him, however, to not put too much stock into one practice exam; there is too much time before he takes exam for real, and there are too many individual variables that can effect a score on any given exam day to put too much stock in these results. Although they are certainly a positive sign, I encouraged him to continue to work to both maintain his current state of preparation and build upon areas in which he could improve. Although he increased his score in each section of the exam, the Critical Reading section seemed to be the one in which his score could use the most improvement. Therefore, we spent the majority of this session talking through the missed questions and incorrect answers throughout the critical reading sections of his practice exam. Using the questions themselves, I tried to encourage the student to review the problem solving approaches which we have worked on throughout our work to date. After this review had concluded, there was just enough time left in our session to have the student work through a timed section of Critical Reading practice questions. As he was taking this section, I asked him to focus more specifically on some of the approaches we had revisited during the earlier review. He completed the section, and I gave him an additional one to complete as homework. I plan on grading the in-session section, and reviewing it with the student next time."