Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During past week, the student took a practice SAT. On the timed writing sections of the exam, he scored quite strongly, far exceeding his personal goals. Writing, which was previously the section he felt less sure about, has become his strength. We have been working the writing intensively and all his hard work in this area has paid off. Now, the goal is to spend equal time and effort on the critical reading section. This session, he and I began with the vocabulary he memorized this past week. He knew almost all seventy words from when we began working. Next, we worked through a practice critical reading section together, focusing on certain key parts of the text first. Finally, in the last half hour, we discussed the essay part of the exam, focusing on a sample prompt. He identified several historical moments, literary texts and scientific events which he has an extremely deep knowledge of for potential use on the test. Finally, we discussed the essay grading criteria (length, structure and "yes" or "no" thesis which restates question). For next week, I suggest that he memorize as many root words as possible (60 total) on the chart I sent him. Good luck taking the first SAT! Excellent work so far."
"The student and I went over more practice SAT math problems. I taught him some strategies for using his calculator and overall he is showing good progress."
"The student and I spent this session going over the essays she had written from the practice exams in her SAT book. We went over her essay, and I asked her to tell me what types of details she might add to it, and she came up with some good details that I told her to use next time. She did add details in the other essays I read, so fortunately she has already learned to do that. I helped her out with some other minor grammar, and gave her some advice on better ways to phrase her sentences. Right now, I think she is capable of scoring a 4 on the essay that she will be writing for the SAT this Saturday. One question she had about writing the essay was what type of essay format should be used. I told her that the way the essay is set up doesn't matter nearly as much as what is actually said in the essay itself. I told her to go back and read the sample essays the book has in it to give herself a better idea of different ways other test takers have written their essays. As always, I wish her the best when she takes the SAT this Saturday."