Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During today's session, the student and I continued our regular review of core concepts by working through released test problems side-by-side. Today's session focused heavily on critical reading and writing. She has a strong instinctual grasp of English grammar, and is without a doubt reading above her current grade level. I am very pleased with her performance in practice sessions and look forward to more targeted preparation after she completes a mock exam."
"The student had taken a practice test so we went over the wrong math responses as math review. It's been awhile since geometry and with calc as his current class, all the admissions test math is review. He did well as we redid some problems I think his next practice test will reflect this review. We ended with a discussion of reading test techniques and personal reads."
"This was my second session with the students. I asked them to complete a timed 25-minute sentence completions and critical reading test section. They each finished with time to spare. I then asked them to take turns and read each question out loud and explain how they came to select that particular answer choice. In the meantime, I selected vocabulary words from answer choices within those questions and quizzed them on their meaning, and when they weren't sure of the meaning, I explained it to them; e.g. ambidextrous/ambivalent/ambiguous. Their grasp of vocabulary is fairly strong, but I think it can be augmented by studying root words/prefixes/suffixes. We then discussed the elements of a high-scoring SAT essay. They both feel comfortable with the essay portion, so we spent our remaining time taking another timed 10-minute improving sentences and improving paragraphs practice test section. Student 1 finished with about 3 minutes to spare, and Student 2 finished with less than 1 minute remaining. I explained to them how to rule out answer choices that are in the passive voice, as well as choices that use a gerund (verb+ing) form. Some answer choices could technically be grammatically correct, but they may not be the most concise and "best" answer choice."