Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"For our final session, the student and I worked through a practice test together. We focused on many of the math problems that were problematic. We also worked through her essay and discussed how to write with more focus on a particular topic and to be more precise in our writing. We also discussed vocabulary and writing multiple choice."
"We focused on timing the student's completion of passage-comprehension sections and then reviewing. We talked about, for specific (usually line-numbered) questions, asking yourself what the line or phrase in question means before looking at the answers. We did problem sets on pages 589, 477, 663, 664, and 706. Some progress was notable - the second time he completed a "compare 2 short passages" set of 4 problems he had 3/4 correct in 4.5 minutes, compared to 1/4 correct earlier and down from 5.5 minutes. He will try completing, timing, and scoring himself on a long passage before our next session for review."
"We talked about the sample essay I had the student read, as well as comparison problems. We also worked on solving equations and critical reading 47-50. I asked the student to complete the source summaries and complete an essay for next time."
"We went through more math, covering a variety of topics (averages, perpendicular lines, solving for groups of variables, geometry, and more) while applying appropriate strategies. The student was able to grasp the understanding immediately when given the information; with practice, he should be able to refine this sense on his own. I recommended that he complete an entire practice SAT in order to gauge where his level is currently at."
"The student and I reviewed one writing and one reading section of a practice exam that he had completed. In addition, we completed one math and one writing section and began work on a reading section. For homework, I assigned a complete practice exam."
"We returned to SAT prep. The student completed 2 math sections for homework, so we reviewed all the hard questions that he had difficulty solving. He at least partially understood the concepts in every problem, so it was just a matter of refining the details and filling in gaps. I tried to emphasize a few important formulas and facts, as well (e.g.. a circle has 360 degrees, not 180). We then worked through a writing SAT section together. He got a 630 in March and certainly knows the grammar rules, so all he really needs to do is practice. He is a few questions away from an outstanding score (700+) and I believe familiarity with the style of questions will help him close in on that score."
"The student wrote an essay deserving of a 5 at least, in my opinion. Today we reviewed the writing and math assignments she did and used the math review, in particular, to launch into a review of some core geometry concepts for the test. I gave her an online geometry assignment and two critical reading passages to complete by next Wednesday."
"We worked on reading, writing, and social studies. I the student a lot of vocabulary to learn and a practice test to take."
"We reviewed the assessment test results to understand the student's strengths and areas we need to improve. Focus areas 1) understanding/analysis of literary texts and 2) understanding/analysis of informational texts. The student was assigned assessment mini-test 1 Page 7-12 and page 16 and 52 to provide written answers to the questions. He seems excited about improving his academic skills and about the tutoring session."
"The student and I continued on with CR today. Her most recent test is about 30 points up from her last official test, which is great. A bit of practice and some more guided lessons will help secure her score there and drive it even higher. Her Writing score has also significantly improved over her official score. She's bright and doing very well."
"The student scored fairly well on her first practice SAT, with 530 Math, 590 Writing (including a 10 out of 12 on her essay), and 650 Reading. Additional practice will definitely bring up her Math and Writing scores, and further vocabulary review will help her Reading score, especially since time was not an issue for her on any section. In addition to reviewing some of the Math problems together, she and I also brainstormed some ideas for a math paper she will need to write soon."
"Our session was mostly focused on going through practice problems in each section area that the student had completed during his break. He is coming around on using the techniques we have talked about, and it seems to be coming through in his work. Specific challenges we talked about today are getting comfortable with graphs of functions and knowing how to approach graphing problems on the math section, using more structure on the essay portion, and avoiding the smart-sounding trap answers in critical reading. Moving forward he is going to work on his independent vocab, and is aiming to do a full practice test each week."