Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session we covered more material on geometry for the SAT. I encourage the student to show his work and to slow down to increase his accuracy. Once I demonstrate an approach, he takes to it quickly. This will be more of a matter of practice and diligence than actually aiding understanding."
"The student wanted to focus on the mechanics of SAT essay writing. Reading her past essays, I found that her examples and general approach were strong, but she was missing the larger analytical framework. We talked about this -- as well as general essay structure -- and then applied it to brainstorming two essays. For the last part of the session, I had her write one of the essays we brainstormed. The result was very encouraging. It covered all the bases, had an appropriate amount of analysis, and fit neatly into the suggested structure. She took criticism incredibly well and seemed excited to incorporate feedback into her work. I left her with a prompt to work on between sessions."
"The student spoke about his prior knowledge of the SAT and what he felt were his strengths and weaknesses. We then reviewed two Critical Reading sections of a Diagnostic Test that he took over the weekend. We talked about how to use process of elimination when dealing with Vocabulary questions. We also talked about how to stay focused when reading longer passages."
"We covered TOEFL Reading and Writing techniques that would help the student decipher what the questions were asking him, such as relationships, definitions, inferences, and so on. The student was very open to learning and was happy with the amount of work both covered and expected to be done for the next session. We are hoping to have him take the TOEFL within the next two weeks or so."
"We covered topics from factoring, geometry (finding the area and circumference of circles, trapezoids, etc.), and the FOIL method. We reviewed the diagnostics exam and set goals of covering and reviewing briefly for the next session as well as moving on to Civic Government and History. The student learned formulas for the Pythagorean theorem, the FOIL method, circumference, and area of trapezoids. She has a great positivity to learn and has shown very much promise in increasing her scores."
"We covered Trig, Algebra, Geometry, and linear equations. The student was attentive and hardworking. We reviewed old practice tests and tried to have her walk through the solutions for each of the problem as part of the solidification of her understanding."