Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During today's session, the student and I began an abbreviated walk-through of the SAT by looking at the essay and mathematics sections of the exam. His biggest challenge on the essay section will be developing well-reasoned examples to support his point of view. His math skills are strong, but he would greatly benefit from continued and repeated exposure to commonly tested concepts. I intend to provide exactly that in future sessions."
"Went through the verbal sections of the first official SAT practice test. Taught student to read passage quickly to get general idea and then summarize in own words what each passage is about to anticipate correct answers. Student appears to be making progress with better understanding of test taking strategies."
"This session was used as an introduction to the SAT: length, format, question types, directions, and scoring. I also had the student take a diagnostic assessment, which aligned well with her PSAT scores. Time should not be much of an issue, but she has room for improvement in each section, especially math. I created a study schedule for her that focuses on math while still incorporating reading, writing, and the essay."
"We completed practice questions in sentence completions and math. We started a vocabulary study list and discussed the meanings of unknown words. We further developed her study schedule for the coming week including homework and topics to cover in subsequent tutoring sessions."
"For this session we focused on what the SAT would cover in general, as well as the critical reading portion of the test. I set a timer, then we worked through a set of critical reading practice problems from the student's SAT prep book. He is able to devote about a minute to answering each question, which is on par with the time allotted for the SAT, but could use improvement in terms of comprehending given passages and sections of passages. Next session, we plan on doing some critical reading and essay writing practice."
"We went over the student's homework. We used that as a lesson to touch on things we have not gone over yet. This will be good because it will increase his exposure to concepts and approaches. We did a quick review of his last lesson (essay section) and wrapped that up by consolidating ideas into a quick checklist that he can go over when writing his essays. We then started reviewing the writing section of the exam. We outlined the different types of questions that will be encountered, how to approach the section, and how to study for it. We then started going over improving sentences and identifying errors, specifically with past and present participial and common pitfalls regarding these ideas. He had a great attitude towards the material and did not seem to particularly struggle with anything. I think that we introduced some new ideas to build on his prior knowledge, which was our goal. I left him with some exercises specifically relating to our lesson, on top of general test work."
"Today we focused on the reading sections of the exam. The student was able to complete most questions in both timed sections we completed. In the section with the most readings she did not complete all the questions, but she managed to finish nearly all of them."
"This was our first session so we discussed her goals and what she had done up to this point. We began with math - the subject she felt was her weakest - and she did well but seemed to hesitate at where to begin solving questions. We moved onto reading which she was clearly more comfortable doing and discussed some strategies for answering accurately. Finally, she did a written prompt and we talked about how to better prepare an essay and what will contribute to raising her score in that area. To practice before next time I sent her math, reading, and another writing prompt to complete. We'll be focusing primarily on math next session."
"The student and I had an excellent first session together. We began by talking about her goals for college admissions and what she already knows about the SAT. Next, we looked through a full-length exam and discussed the SAT's structure, format, content areas, and rules for scoring. Finally, we began working on the math section together. For homework, the student will read Chapters 15-18 in an SAT prep book and note any terms or concepts she would like to go over together. In our next session we will continue working on the math section."
"The student and I did SAT critical reading test two. We read a variety of passages focusing on historical work as well as scientific literature and answer questions as to the vocabulary, tone, and structure. We also completed filling problems with either one or two planks. I defined terms that were unknown to the student and discuss the strategies for solving these problems."
"The student and I spent the session mostly on high-level math questions, discussing both the individual equations and knowledge necessary to approach each one, but also test-taking strategies. The student is doing well on these problems and I think he'll continue to do better with greater familiarity. It is the end of his trimester right now so he's especially busy; after next week he should be available for more homework. If he has time, the student will review the line equation homework I've assigned him already. The student and I also briefly went over essay-writing. I had him outline and give examples for two prompts, and he'll write a practice essay for me."
"The student and I reviewed the two grammar question sets she had completed since Tuesday. We then continued to review algebraic concepts. We started by reviewing when it is appropriate to plug in answers or plug in numbers. She will need to get some practice with these skills before she is comfortable using them. Substantively, we reviewed inequalities and square root rules."