Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"She is a bright and sweet girl. Today I asked her for her previous scores by section, and we worked on her stronger two (CR and Math). For Critical Reading, I've worked with her on deciphering passages and working on comparison passages. Overall, she did fairly well, and she only had problems with a long, two-passage question set. I discussed with her test taking strategies to determine what are good and bad answers in the CR section, to help her more easily get through those problems. Bad answers are ones not discussed in the passage, twisting of facts, incorrect facts, and questions that elicit bad assumptions from the students. Furthermore, I worked with her on what I recommend for timing in terms of reading passages and answering questions (1.5 min- 2 min max on longer passages) and ~30 seconds per question. She had a slight issue with reading over questions and missing some parts, so I told her to slow down and don't skim the answers. For Math, we focused on interior angles of circles and the accompanying sector areas and arc lengths. We also worked on probability and combinatorics. I explained to her the concept of a deck of cards, and vs or, and when order does and doesn't matter. I've sent her a diagnostic to complete before our next session, and that will be used to determine what we focus on in our next lesson."
"The student and I worked on the sentence completion section of the critical reading portion of the exam today. For our session, we explored the concept of signal words and punctuation in order to isolate what the definition of the missing word is. We also discussed the concept of tonality of words in that words with similar meanings can be ruled out based on their connotations with the sentence overall. By the end of the lesson the student seemed to understand how these questions operate, and he had no problem finding the part of the question leading to the correct answer choice. We will continue our work with the passage-based questions"
"The student is doing very well in the SAT math section, although there are some hurdles in terms of attention to detail and catching the trick questions. Overall though, his math skills are very good."
"The students were willing and able to work one-on-one since we decided to work individually instead of in a group. Student 1 completed the English and Reading homework, which are her strongest sections. She should do the math for homework. Student 2, on the other hand, completed his math homework, which is his strongest section. He should do the others for homework. I will see them again on Monday."
"We really honed in on our reading skills for this session by looking at Reading and Science passages. We talked about how to enhance our process of elimination by not assuming and not to skip over crucial information. Scores were 35 for Writing and Science. We talked about getting more specific in the essay."
"The student worked very hard today on vocabulary tests and math practice. We reviewed some test taking strategies and basic concepts. She worked well on her own and was very communicative as she went through her thought process."
"Today, we worked on the Reading section. We did a few passage practice problems, and the student did well on them. We figured that the reason that she struggles with the Reading section is the vocabulary component, so we did many vocabulary practice problems and built a vocabulary list for her to study. We devised memory devices for the words on her list, and I suggested a few study/memory techniques to remember them. We also discussed the essay portion; we talked about general strategies and what the graders are looking for. Tomorrow, we will do more work on the Writing section, including doing a practice essay, and we will do more vocabulary review."
"The student and I worked through two SAT reading comprehension passages, approximately 30 SAT grammar questions, and a few SAT math questions. On the reading section, he expertly compared author's arguments and evidence. He applied process of elimination and was able to re-evaluate answer choices when "backed into a corner" to avoid choosing the wrong answer. On the grammar section, we discussed unclear antecedents, noun/verb agreement, active vs. passive voice, and comma placement. We also completed a short reading with questions related to the sentence/ paragraph structure."
"Today was my first session with the student. We spent most of the time working on the writing section of the test. I'm recommending that she get a workbook that will help with her grammar so that she'll better be able to attack this section. We also did a little on the math section, and we'll focus more on that the next time we meet."
"The student and I reviewed her reading and writing homework, began building a vocabulary flashcard base, and practiced the math section. We focused on the need for context in reading, some grammar concepts, and how to arrive directly at a solution for math (instead of working our way around it and taking up time unnecessarily). She used her notes from last time and added some new concepts to them."
"This was our first session together, so I started by having the student take a diagnostic Reading section of the SAT. We worked through the practice slowly, and I helped set him up with a list of vocabulary words that he will start to study throughout the week. He did well on the vocabulary, but his responses on the Comprehension portions were not as successful. We'll have to work on getting him to identify and analyze more closely."
"Today, the student and I did practice tests for reading comprehension, sentence completion, and grammar. I stressed that the student continue to review vocabulary words from the running vocabulary list that we made, and I stressed test tips like process of elimination. For reading comprehension, we focused on questions exploring tone and purpose. I emphasized that the student should always seek out textual evidence to support his answer selections and other active reading strategies. For the grammar and sentence completion, the student made a few mistakes with subject-verb agreement in complicated sentences, so we reviewed some grammar rules and did practice."