Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We began going over SAT math basics today. We discussed number properties and set theory, percentages, and started look at ratios and proportions."
"The session began with a review of the student's math homework. We discussed his approach and I cautioned him about short-cutting and not fully reading the problem and choices. I also reinforced the writing strategy we discussed previously. Next, I introduced the a-squared + b-squared = c-squared formula for right triangles, with which the student was unfamiliar. We worked four more problems together, and he will finish up the Math Review section for homework. Next, he worked on a word arithmetic exercise for which he utilized the prefix, suffix and stem charts we introduced previously. He did very well with this and seems to be getting the idea behind putting the parts together to figure out the definition of a new word. Then we moved on to Reading Comprehension work by reviewing his homework. He did well on all but the inference questions, and we focused on these in an exercise we did together. He will get more practice for homework when he completes Test Yourself 14 in the prep book. We finished with work on analogies by discussing relationships and the types of analogies that typically appear on the test. He worked a Test Yourself exercise on his own after we worked one together, and he will get more practice with yet another Test Yourself exercise on analogies for homework."
"SSAT: format, strengths and weaknesses, began strategies for math, verbal and writing sections (will continue next time), math practice to gauge where student was, vocab and math concepts."
"The student is very enthusiastic and a delight to teach. I think we should focus on math more than any other subject. She scored very high on the verbal section (a perfect score, actually)."
"First session We went over the basic content and strategy of the exam. The student is naturally capable and, besides the typical practice, content review, etc., I will focus on maximizing his confidence about the exam. We went over the sentence completions, analogies and other verbal questions (which he has excelled on in the past) and the passages (which he struggled with last year). He did extremely well on the passage reading and practice questions, and his analysis is exactly in line with what I was hoping for. If anything, overthinking will be an issue sometimes, but I will work to accustom him to the strategies needed for the passage questions. We spent some time at the end talking about the essay. The student has a great attitude on top of his natural ability, and I'm looking forward to seeing him excel."
"The student and I covered the questions he missed and skipped on the practice test he took over the weekend. We pinpointed the areas where he most needed improvement as Vocabulary (which we had not discussed in depth yet) and parts of the Mathematics sections including fractions and proportions. We discussed skills for the Vocabulary section, as well as the importance of prefixes in determining definitions that he may not otherwise know. We also discussed how much practice can help in word recognition. I asked him to read another test prompt and write an outline and a thesis for it by Friday so we can check his progress. I also asked him to do as many Vocabulary and Mathematics (especially fraction) practice problems as he could before the test on Saturday. On Wednesday I will have him take another full test, or possibly take sections of the test while asking me questions. Friday we will discuss the Essay section."
"The student has really made great strides overall. We graded her most recent practice test from Saturday and she scored 92%+ on all three sections. She has been putting the time in and is seeing real results. We also worked on math today, which is going well overall, and she understands new concepts well when they're explained to her."
"The student and I spent the majority of the time on the quantitative section, including long division, ratios and percents. We also discussed general test-taking strategies and reading comprehension."
"Yesterday, the student and I worked through arithmetic problems and began discussing algebra. We reviewed bridges and synonyms."
"The student is motivated and engaged on every level. Introduction to compiling Vocabulary list with etymology and usage focus. Great session; advised purchasing "The Elements of Style.""
"The student and I had a fantastic first session! We began with a discussion about the general layout of the test, and a few strategies about pacing. I noticed that she answered every single question on her diagnostic exam. While it's great that she's getting through the whole test (many students have trouble with pacing and never make it to the last questions in each section), I believe she can improve her score by leaving some questions blank. We talked about how SAT scoring is structured to reward educated guessing but discourage random guessing; we discussed when she should guess the answer vs. skip over the problem entirely. We touched on some other testing hints/tricks as well; I'll expand on these in the lessons to come. As far as material is concerned, we jumped right in with math review. Topics covered included: numbers and operations, equations, functions, factors/multiples, prime factorization, averages, percentages, and percent changes. She has a pretty good grasp of this material, and we filled a few holes in her understanding of these fundamentals. I had her make flash-cards for each important term/equation that we discussed; she should study these regularly! All in all, we're on the right track."
"We covered SAT sections on both verbal and quantitative skills. I pointed out special pages for review on punctuation in the test prep book and we discussed especially difficult usages."