Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I did two critical reading passages and then we did a number of math questions. I asked him to complete one section from each subject for our next session. Overall everything went smoothly."
"The student and I reviewed his latest practice essay - he hadn't received scoring yet. Discussed essay format - again stressed need for sticking to an outline, starting with strong intro paragraph ending with clear thesis statement, using clear and specific examples that are each developed within their own paragraphs, and ending with strong recap/conclusion. I gave him some sheets with many typical SAT essay prompts clustered into broad themes/topics (adversity, heroes, technology, ethics, cooperation vs. competition). We reviewed his "bank" of possible examples and discussed which ones he might use (and how) in response to various themes. Returning to his practice test, we reviewed some tricky questions, then went over a page of sentence correction exercises dealing with Comparisons. For next session - he should 1) write at least one full timed essay, 2)Take 3-4 prompts, and in 7-8 minutes outline an essay, note the appropriate examples and the points they will make, and craft his introductory paragraph, which will set up his argument and conclude with thesis statement."
"This was my first meeting with the student, who is a high school junior. His first SAT was not as high as it could have been, not because of a lack of skills or ability, but simply because he didn't understand how the test worked. He will have to review basic knowledge in grammar, work on his vocabulary, and review basic math principles, but most of what we need to do is practice how to strategically read the questions and answers on the test as well as work on reading more analytically and "actively" in general. I plan to teach him the "rules" of the SAT, and I anticipate that he will do well when he next takes the test."