Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked out of his practice book of math problems. He has begun to use the techniques and skills taught to him and is now looking for understanding of questions."
"Today's session was spent primarily on reviewing the student's work on the SAT practice test. She struggles with passage-based questions on the Reading section, so we practiced finding evidence in the text to support her answers. On the Writing sections, we observed that she was guessing "No Error" too frequently, so she is going to be mindful of this tendency and practice providing a rationale for her answer choices. Her essay this time was stronger, but we reviewed the need to provide as much specificity as possible in examples and rationale. For homework, she will complete as much as she can of another practice test."
"The student and I reviewed the sessions that she had worked on for homework from the previous session. After grading each section, we went through and worked through each problem that she had either gotten incorrect or had skipped. For the most part she was receptive to the strategies that I showed her and understood pretty much all of the concepts that were presented in the sections. A specific strategy that we worked on for the verbal section related to the passages was either reading through the passages first before answering questions, or reading the questions first and reading the passages as needed to answer individual questions. In addition to these sections that she had worked on for homework, we also went through another verbal section, where she read through the passage first again. For homework, I left her the last section of practice test #3 (that we had been working on this whole time), and section 2 of practice test #4, which is a verbal section that she will try reading through the questions first on. This is in order to see which method works better for her to see what path she should take on the actual test date."
"The student took a diagnostic writing exam. He thought it was noticeably more difficult than the SAT he had taken previously. Then we reviewed each question and their answers together with explanations. He was very focused and really tried to understand why the wrong answers were wrong and why the right answers were right. He quickly realized his errors and learned to look out for subject-verb agreement and tense continuity, although he was a little confused on certain grammatical rules. I gave him tips on how to approach difficult questions, how to eliminate answer choices, and how to simplify questions. We plan for him to take the reading diagnostic before our next session."
"The student took a practice SAT this morning and got a 710 on English/Reading and 680 on Math. She thought that ratios and proportions were the things she struggled with most, so we did practice drills in those topics. She should pay close attention to units to avoid errors. Next time, we'll do passage based questions."
"The student took a practice SAT this past week. He received a 720 in the verbal section and a 690 in the math. We went over the reading, focusing on choosing the right evidence, and giving him permission to slow down for the SAT reading when he needs to (he had 7 extra minutes for the practice test.) For the writing, we went over sentence placement for SAT and how it varies from ACT, and comma usage. Again, I emphasized to take his time when a question needs it for the writing. For the math, we reviewed completing the square, vertex form, exponent rules, difference of squares, and median. I emphasized to the student to see every math problem as a new opportunity to show off his skills and that he was very capable. We did some math problems as guided practice, and I assigned him homework from each section as well as the essay."