Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student only missed two questions on the math section he completed for homework, setting his projected SAT score very high! His essay was also strong but his writing skills could use a bit more improvement to match up with his math and reading. We reviewed some tougher vocabulary using flashcards and then moved on to essay writing practice. While the student's essay structure and mechanics are satisfactory, the development of his ideas needs the most work. I gave the student four or five sample prompts from which to write just a basic outline for an essay, my goal being to get him in the habit of quickly retrieving relevant examples from memory and then exploring their deeper meaning as they relate to the topic of the prompt. I was really impressed with how the student was immediately able to come up with a response and an example or two for each prompt I gave him. I can see that he is feeling more inspired and at ease with expressing his opinions, the next step being for him to better translate that talent from speaking to writing. I am very excited to see how this newfound voice grows over our next couple of sessions."
"We talked about the student's experience with the practice test in her SAT prep book. She said it wasn't as hard as she was expecting, which is excellent. I had her tell me about the essay and we talked about how to formulate an answer, questions to ask to get to a good explanation. We emphasized asking "why" about the specific examples she uses to support her opinion. We also discussed her results from the Critical Reading Diagnostic test 7. Then we used several writing and critical reading questions that were available online. We started with some sentence/paragraph correcting questions. These presented no problem-I will look for more challenging questions in this area to test the student's ability. We did some humanities passages and ended with some literary fiction content passages-inferring from context in passages. I purposely selected more challenging questions that would require some effort to get to the right answer. I asked the student to complete 2 more diagnostic tests and share the results with me, as well as to do a timed write with a prompt I supplied. We will review those results at our next meeting."
"We worked through the geometry and graph questions that the student previously had problems on from the last session."