Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today I wanted to work with the student to create a sort of study guide/review sheet for everything we've gone over that she will need on the test. We worked together to create a list of the things she thought were most important, hints and tips to go with each section, as well as a listing of important equations to remember. She doesn't need to memorize any of this since we've been over it so many times it's second nature, but I think it will help her to have it to look over before the test as a comforting reminder that she knows everything she should know; it's just up to her to apply it on the test. We finished the session by going over some tricky problems she might see in the quant comp section and what to look out for to make them easier on test day."
"We spent this session doing selected practice problems from all four sections of the exam. As usual, the student was enthusiastic and focused throughout the whole session. As far as strategies are concerned, I introduced a factoring trick to her so that she can solve polynomial problems more efficiently. I recommended that she study her school vocabulary word lists before our next session tomorrow. I truly believe that she has expanded her vocabulary because she consistently succeeds when faced with more complex words in the verbal section. I am also impressed by the speed at which she picks up new algebra techniques. I only have to explain procedures once and she understands. Thanks."
"For this session, we focused on practicing the entire test from beginning to end. We simulated taking the entire test with just a few minutes break in between each section. At the end of the test we went over the results of how they did on each section as well as the essay portion. Both students were able to pace themselves better than when they first started the sessions. We also practiced on math problems they weren't familiar with and mentioned the other types of higher level math they may encounter. Overall both students were much better prepared."
"The student reviewed his exam, and he had some difficulties in the math, but talking through the problems helped him in understanding the formulas. We also looked up a few new stories to practice reading comprehension."
"The student reviewed systems of linear equations. The student struggled with understanding word problems related to systems of linear equations. The student also struggled with strategies to solve the problems. The student's attitude was very positive once she understood how to use the techniques for solving these type of problems. I requested that she work practice problems from her SAT book for both linear equations and solving systems of linear equations. She was also told to memorize formulas related to linear equations and systems."
"The student says that she is pretty good with Math, but she needs more help with Critical Reading and Writings. I started out with a few writing questions, and she did a great job. I gave her different examples of writing questions, and she learned it pretty fast. I also gave her some exercises on critical reading. She is pretty good at comprehending. She needs more practice on question solving. I suggest she get a test prep workbook to improve her skills."