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Atlanta, GA SAT Writing and Language tutoring
We started the session by going through the student's vocabulary cards. We then turned our attention to the writing test the student took online, going over her answers to determine which questions gave her trouble and addressing the problems as we went. We finished the session by going through more vocabulary in the SAT prep book and identifying more words the student needs to work on. She is going to study her vocabulary this week and try to get a more solid knowledge of some of the words that she's been working on.
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Atlanta, GA SAT Writing and Language tutoring
We reviewed some of the homework assigned from last week. The student showed a marked improvement on his SAT essay--his introduction was much clearer and his examples supported his thesis. One area he needs to work on is being careful to answer the actual SAT prompt--his thesis veered off topic. We then continued to practice Sentence Completions and Sentence Improvement. He definitely needs work on predicting the best word choice to fill in the blanks on the Sentence Completion questions. He tends to over-analyze the word roots of the answer choices. Reviewing the basic method (is the word positive/negative? Does it contrast/reinforce?) for filling in the blanks helped him. The student was much more engaged and animated in this session.
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Atlanta, GA SAT Writing and Language tutoring
We had another good session today. The structure of the student's essays continues to be strong-- though we're still working on making sure he's relating his body paragraphs/examples directly back to the question. To that end, I suggested he rewrite some of the essays he's already done, without any time limit, specifically to work on transitional phrases that will strengthen his argument and relate his writing directly back to the question. We also looked again at multiple choice questions, and are beginning to identify areas where he tends to make repeated errors. I assigned him some grammar review pages to look at in his review book, and made specific suggestions of grammar points to review.
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Atlanta, GA SAT Writing and Language tutoring
During this session, the student discussed the essay prompt from SAT practice test 4 (she had written an essay in response to the prompt between Wednesday and this session) and we worked through the rest of one of the writing sections that we started on Wednesday before finishing the final critical reading section and the final writing section. The essay was in pretty good shape: I thought that she had organized the essay logically, and I liked the examples she chose. We spent some time discussing how she could more carefully tie each paragraph/example back to her original thesis (for this essay: how technology allows us to do many things more easily, but ultimately decreases our quality of life) instead of simply presenting an example. Going into greater depth about how each example supports the thesis, and then tying all of her examples together in the conclusion in order to "go beyond" the scope of the essay will make her essays much stronger in during the SAT and the long run. By employing the same test-taking strategies that we've been working on for the last two sessions, we were able to come to a consensus about why the correct answer was the best choice. The student did well on the writing sections. We worked on parallel construction and comma usage, and I showed her a few strategies/tricks to handle these topics more easily. Finally, we talked a little bit about time management and test preparation at the end of this session. I showed her the planner that I use to make sure I stay on task throughout the day, and I also suggested that she divide her time into short "blocks" so that she doesn't get sidetracked while trying to balance homework with SAT test prep. We discussed what preparation she should do for our next session and we agreed that it would be a good use of both of our time if she came to the session having completed a lot of practice test 5 in advance, but she said that it was also helpful to work through the questions at the same time as me so that she stayed on task.
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Atlanta, GA SAT Writing and Language tutoring
- Reviewed homework from last week. - Reviewed lesson on grammar (punctuation, parallelism, consistency, etc.). - Completed examples.
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Atlanta, GA SAT Writing and Language tutoring
In this session we started with an overview of punctuation rules. We then examined a few of her previously written essays to practice correcting errors. We also worked on word choice and general style discussing how to word certain phrases, sentences, etc. Her main struggle still seems to be articulating her thoughts clearly. She writes quite well, and, when given the time, writes very intelligibly. Her attitude was one of constant engagement and inquisitiveness. The main two strategies I recommended were looking up grammar and punctuation rules online and - at least as a default - always writing with a professional tone rather than a conversational one. A secondary strategy I recommended was becoming familiar with diagramming sentences for the sake of understanding sentence structures better. I left her with the assignment of e-mailing me a critical essay that she writes soon or has written recently so that we can discuss her rhetorical skills. The student is bright and eager to learn.
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