Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During today's session, the student and I continued to work through practice problems from released exams. I have chosen to focus on math and writing, because I believe these are the two sections where the student can make the largest gains. I have assigned the student extra reading practice to be completed outside of our sessions. We will review and correct any mistakes at our next meeting."
"Both students and I spent most of this session reviewing the math test that I'd assigned them. We went over each question to see if they had any difficulties with them. The areas where both students need a firm foundation are logarithms and probability -- so I'll be assigning them homework to shore up their knowledge of these. They also requested a quick trig review, so we will focus on that either in homework or at the beginning of the next section. We also went over essay-writing, specifically using the third example to set up a counter argument and defeat it. Both boys are quick and imaginative in their essay-writing, and I think that with just a modicum of work before the test they'll be able to truly excel here."
"We worked on the practice exam. We discussed types of questions and strategies. The student does really well with converting between fractions and decimals. I assigned finishing the practice exam (starring difficult questions to discuss) and 15 sample questions."
"Student and I began by reviewing her math homework. She is doing a great job on the math section so far, and has already improvised noticeably. Next, we discussed the other sections of the exam in preparation for her first time taking the exam this coming Saturday. For homework, she will complete some additional math practice sections if she has the time."
"We started today with a discussion of the different reading strategies. The main new piece of advice I gave was that for long readings, annotation is the most helpful way to generalize and recall all the information- it minimizes needing to re-read and allows the piece to flourish in it's own way. We then did some readings practice passages - student did well, and I think she saw the usefulness of annotation to help speed up the second part of the process. Then we discussed briefly how to go about the essay portion, after reviewing a few essays of hers, I'm sure she has what it takes to come up with a good essay. Lastly, we did more math as math is always good to review."
"Today we went over the student's practice exam, as well as some specific study/test taking tips. We first went over his essay, noting grammar mechanics as well as big picture ideas on how to improve moving forward. Student noted he needed to practice his timing and on ways to get ideas down faster- something we thought about and will work on over the next week as well as next lesson. We also went over his math section, going over some tough problems and reviewing some concepts. Finally, we discussed strategies for tackling the reading comprehension section which really seemed to help him a lot. I left him with a little bit of homework, but not too much considering he is taking the exam on Saturday. I left him with some skills to gradually practice in small increments, as well."
"Student definitely did more work this past week in studying for the SATs! I was very pleased that he remembered almost all the SAT words he was assigned to learn this week. The interaction really showed that he knew the words much better than previously. His math skills continue to be very strong, and his writing is improving as well. We did do a timed reading section and I think he is starting to slowly improve in the reading section-- he is narrowing down to two or three answers. I told him it might benefit him to approach the reading section more analytically (the way he does with math) so that he eliminates the part of the answer that makes it wrong (instead of treating it more nebulously and making a case for wrong answers)."
"We went over the rest of the practice test section from the book that the student was using. Today we specifically covered Linear Functions, Right Triangles, Parallel Line Drawing, Graphs and the Pythagorean Theorem. I told her that points are deducted on the SAT for giving the wrong answer. So, if she comes across a problem that she doesn't know how to solve, she should (all other things being equal) skip it and move on. Finally, I recommended that she review the Pythagorean Theorem, Right Triangles, and Parallel Lines before our next session on Sunday."
"During this first session, we went over a math section and a reading section from the practice SAT test. For the math section, student had no problem doing the questions ranked as easy and most of the medium leveled questions. I taught him some strategies in solving problems that have variables (plugging in number and checking answers). Our time was very productive as he understood the strategies taught and used them to solve some practice problems. For the writing section, he knew most of the grammar rules, so I helped him with some of the trickier questions involving agreement, comparison, and parallel sentence structure. I left him with the packet of practice questions so he can practice during his down time before we met again. Great session!"
"Today was our last SAT session. We had a pretty relaxed meeting because I didn't want to stress her out too much right before the test. We went through a packet of math problems and reviewed the strategies of working with the answers and plugging in numbers. We worked through a series of questions that we had done during one of our first sessions, and her improvement was pretty remarkable. Her facility with math techniques has improved markedly and I am confident that she will perform well on the test. After doing a practice writing section and a practice reading section, we talked through strategies for the test as a whole and for each of the individual sections. She feels fairly confident about her preparation, and I believe that she is more than ready for the test."
"This was our last session before the test Saturday. We looked at CR problems, then went through a general review of each problem type. He seems more confident for the test, and I wish him the best of luck!"
"The student's essay for today was really quite good! I was really impressed with how much she applied the feedback I had given her for previous practice essays. We mostly focused on math after going over her homework. I'm pushing for her to start writing things down when she starts a problem. Even if she can't get the answer in the end, I think it's better for her to at least write something so she doesn't get so lost and overwhelmed. I asked her to do another math section for tomorrow."