Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered a review of the essay, doing practice diagrams and doing a practice outline. We also covered more critical reading practice, working out of the SSAT book practice section. Student has positive attitude and is interested in learning the material and strategies for the test."
"We made sure to cover a lot of essential math subjects. Math seems to be one of the main areas on which the student needs to focus, and it is important that we start a foundation before we enter into the higher order math concepts. She did a series of practice problems that included working with ratios and fractions."
"Today we worked on the application essay for his boarding school. I had his first draft in hand so we worked off of that. I liked his essay concept a lot; I just thought he needed to turn the focus more on himself more than the students he describes in the essay. We worked on brainstorming things he could talk about that showed a growth or change in his thinking based on his experiences. We found ways to work his stories about students into the new paragraphs showing his growth and development. He only needs to write one entirely new paragraph talking about his future goals. I think the essay has a lot of potential; with a little bit of work and editing it will reflect his personal sacrifice and growth."
"We cycled back to SAT math. We were able to get a lot further than when we did math previously, and when the student was unsure, it generally took fewer hints for her to find the right answer. I left her with the remainder of the Math section. In our final two sessions, we'll practice writing (including the essay), and, on the last session before she takes the SAT, I'll have her take the test on her own beforehand (timing herself) so we can review a full test."
"We did a cursory overview of the writing section, and I asked the student to start studying vocab and to think about whether she wants to do the essay or not. Some schools do require it, so it is best to check before making any decisions. Overall, I think the lesson went really well, and we finished off by doing some more math, which she didn't really have trouble with. She mentioned that she had difficulties in the past with harder questions, so I think I will make that my focus along with teaching the basic techniques behind the reading and writing sections."
"We did a diagnostic practice test, discussed time management, went through the questions the student got wrong, talked about differences between Math 1 and Math 2, discussed homework, discussed difficulties she is having, planned for our next session, and discussed her previous scores on other practice exams."