Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student had taken a practice ACT test. We won't over the entire test, but most of the time was spent on the math section. I think his biggest weakness is trigonometry. Besides that he doesn't seem to have any major weaknesses. Imaginary numbers are something we'll have to go over again. I told him to take another practice test and we'll take it from there."
"The student and I continued working from the Official SAT Study Guide, Second Edition. During this session, we focused primarily on the Essay portion of the test (the section we had spent the least amount of time grappling with in previous sessions). Her essay responded to the prompt, "Do changes that make our life easier necessarily make them better?" She chose to focus on the impact of technology in our society, arguing that while many technological advances make our lives more convenient, these same advances hinder our interpersonal relationships."
"We specifically covered the critical reading portion of the SAT as well as some of the Grammar section. He did very well in the grammar portion. I noticed a definite improvement in his speed in answering questions during the comprehension portion of the test."
"In our second session, the student and I went through the practice Reading sections that he had completed and discussed the questions that he missed. From here on, we will be focusing on wording in context questions, inference questions, and the more difficult vocabulary questions. This will allow us to focus our work when we go through practice together. We then went through several online sets of flashcards of Latin/Greek root words, coming up with as many possible words that used the roots, as well as going through a set of regular vocab. He has two more Reading sections to complete this weekend."
"I had my second session with the student. We started by discussing and reviewing her online homework. We then worked on the Intro chapters in her practice test book to review Math, Reading, and Science. Then, she practiced ACT Math using practice test #2. I also assigned her online homework (English, Math, Reading, and Science)."
"Today the student and I went over vocabulary, looking at words she might see typically on the SAT Reading session. We got through almost one hundred of the vocabulary words and linked them through synonyms and antonyms to each other. She is going to, in between now and Sunday, start trying to think of the words we went over in her everyday life and see if she can further the connections we improved upon tonight."
"We continued our work on SAT strategies, focusing mostly on reading this time. The student learned the strategies well, especially the "Yes, No, Maybe" strategy. This helped her answer passage-based questions very accurately. We also reviewed writing strategies, which went very well, especially the sentence corrections, on which she only missed one question on the last section."
"We covered vocabulary, grammar, essay writing, and critical reading. This was the first time we'd touched upon critical reading strategies and the student responded well to them. His homework included writing another essay and completing whole timed sections in reading and math."
"During our session today, I began working with Student A, continuing our review of SAT math concepts. I was pleased to see that she remembered the concepts that we covered previously and was still able to use the concepts in problems that I gave her about percentage, average speed, and more. We completed the math review, and I have encouraged her to practice problems and review the free online SAT book on the new test. With Student B, we reviewed some of the more complex math concepts and focused on Reading and Writing questions, practicing with the question of the day. He had difficulty identifying rules of grammar that determined the right answer, but he often selected the correct answers based on sentences' internal logic. I am encouraged to see how both students do on their upcoming tests. I have told Student B that it is very important for him to practice before his test."
"We reviewed the math diagnostic test and covered slope and intercept, number patterns, adding/ subtracting fractions, area, volume, and the Pythagorean theorem. We also reviewed some verbal techniques and questions that we went over last session. I gave the student some of the same questions to see how she was retaining the information. She missed the repeated questions, but I encouraged her to continue to practice on her own and attempt to get in about 30 minutes of practice per day in her workbook. Our next session we will begin reading prep and also review some math concepts we discussed today."
"The student and I began the session with a reading selection about chemistry. I selected this reading because he is very curious and likes to know how things work. After the selection, we answered some questions. Some of these questions were difficult for him, yet he was able to answer correctly 6/10 questions. After reading, we looked at the Pythagorean theorem. We looked at how the theory is used in real life as well in math class. We did 8 practice problems for this activity. By the end of the practice, he was doing very well at remembering the formula and what number goes where when solving. For the next session, I would like to work on writing."
"The student and I worked through three SAT reading comprehension passages with a focus on context and detail retention. She did particularly well on the fictional prose passage, although she struggled some with understanding author's arguments on the comparative humanities passages. We'll work on that in our next session. We focused on splitting answer choices, "translating" choices, and process of elimination to reach answers. We also worked through 15 SAT grammar questions and 15 SAT vocabulary questions."