Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we did a final review of the English grammar section. We did dozens of examples problems concerning commas, colons, semicolons, parentheses, and many usage errors. We briefly also went over some questions the student had from a practice science test she took over the weekend."
"We started with incorrect answers from the homework. We completed mini lessons on percentages, proportions, circles, and triangles. We also focused on passage-based reading strategies. The student has assigned homework. We will meet again in two weeks because of the upcoming holiday."
"Covered assessment test critical reading section and essay. The student did well on the critical reading. Her biggest issue is in vocabulary. Her essay session was to include a thesis. Will continue to focus on essay writing."
"Today we worked on continuing the math review. We began by reviewing the concepts of direct and inverse variation, and the formulas, y=kx and xy=k, respectively. We looked at examples of each type and I carefully explained the logic of the proportional relations. We then moved on to functions and graphs of functions. We also reviewed geometry, including properties of triangles, areas and perimeters, and solid geometry, as well as statistics and probability. Finally, we spent the remainder of the lesson doing some math practice questions together. Although the student is talented at math, it is evident that she could use additional practice with some SAT math skills, mainly because she has not done these kinds of problems in so long."
"The student will be taking the SAT in two weeks, so this session was mostly an overview of some of the question types and a focus on time-management strategies. We started by looking at the writing skills section in which we discussed the question types and reviewed some of the standard grammar rules tested. After that, we looked at a math section, running problems to brush up on some of the skills tested. The student had taken several practice tests which showed weaknesses in data analysis, statistics, and probability, so special care will be taken to address these needs next session."
"This student and I had our first meeting today. We spent a little time on each section so I could get a handle on where he stands. He did well on the Reading and English sections, finishing both with time to spare. The Math and Science sections took him a little longer to work on, so we'll focus more on those as we go along."
"We started out scoring the sections of the test that the student took between sessions. In totaling the scores from these tests and the past couple of sessions, she scored a 460 on the verbal, 550 on the math, and 500 on the writing. We went over the questions that she missed in the four sections she took since our last session. Then, we started going through the SAT study guide that she bought. We began with the verbal section, focusing on sentence completion problems. We went over some general strategies and worked on some practice problems. We will begin with the critical reading sections at our next session."
"The student is progressing slowly in math but has a better grasp of what will be asked of him on the test. Our session was spent addressing useful approaches for an assortment of math problems offered in a practice test. He asked for special clarification on two problems that involved translating geometry and/or practical situations into algebraic equations, and I think he found my explanation helpful. I feel it is now appropriate for him to begin preparing with some practice SATs. I assigned him a math and a reading section for us to review at our next online meeting."
"The student finished most of the grammar section I assigned. She actually performed quite well, missing only a few blocks of questions here and there. She will merely need more practice to improve in grammar. We also went over several helpful hints about what the SAT writers like, such as either/or, neither/nor, and "between you and me" rather than "and I." We discussed how parallelism can show up in many different forms, such as verb tenses and other strings of words like "because of its..." We began talking about reading strategies in passage-based reading. We discussed the four different types of reading questions, and how to eliminate answers (noting extreme, out of scope, overly broad answers). Finally, we completed a full math section a problem at a time. For next time she will complete a reading and a math section. She doesn't have school at all next week so should have more time for SAT study."
"The student and I continued our work on the Reading section, this time working on the passage-based reading portion. We went over the method of approach and then were able to review the Reading passage that she did for homework. She is doing well--there are some words she doesn't know, but in general she answers questions correctly and is using the right techniques."
"Today, we covered math, working through various problem sets and identifying trouble areas. He's a bit shaky on complicated geometry problems, especially involving circles. Other than that, his content knowledge is strong, he just needs help developing a strategic approach to the SAT. For next session, we will discuss writing."
"I think that today's session went well, in the sense that the student learned a lot. She's done so well on reading in the past. Going forward, I would suggest that she consider taking the March test, and, after the new year, that we consider working on a weekly, rather than biweekly basis, so that the work remains more fresh in her mind."