Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I began our last session before this Friday's GRE by addressing her struggles with fleshing out her responses on the Writing section. I helped her develop strategies for explaining her ideas in more detail to help boost her score on the essays. After that, we did some more difficult mathematics practice. Despite the difficulty she seemed to be more confident on these problems than on any we had done previously; I think all of our work on that subject has paid off in full. The student intends to take the test a second time next semester pending her scores from tomorrow, so we may reconvene in a few months."
"At the beginning of our first session, the student and I discussed what areas of the writing process she needed to improve upon the most. She expressed that she was struggling with complying with the essay structure required by her teachers. We then proceeded to go over a draft essay of a world history prompt. I allowed the student to walk me through her thought process and provided commentary/improvements where necessary. Overall, the student is very intelligent and driven. In my opinion, her writing is very advanced for the average teenager. We will continue to work on her essay structure over the next sessions, using assigned schoolwork and sample SAT writing prompts."
"The student took the test last weekend and felt good about the writing section, but had concerns about the math section went well. We began today by doing a full review of the test-- the shortened diagnostic. She struggled some with the vocab section, but she did quite well with the verbal analogies. She will do two practice tests, and rather than focusing on the answer, she will focus on creating a visual representation for herself to work from."
"The student and I went over the practice ACT she took, then discussed general ACT structure and strategies, and finally went over strategies for the science section and practiced applying those strategies to specific science questions."
"Worked with the students for an hour on reading and English comprehension. We focused on different spellings for the sound /ur/ and reading and decomposing words with those spelling patterns. We also reviewed the 5th hundred sight words. She was given extra practice to do a sort of /ur/ words while she was reading her new book. We also began to focus on inference and did introductory activities with reading passages. We worked on use and meaning of words with the prefix dis, also in reading passages we focused on cause and effect a well as identifying main idea and relevant details from a passage. We also summarized the first chapter of A Wrinkle in Time and she was given some comprehension check questions to answer to guide her reading."
"The student's skills have come so far - we primarily focused on a few trouble spots in LR, principle questions and parallel reasoning questions. We also walked through some logic games, focusing on what has been working and what hasn't."