Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Since this was our first session, I spent a few minutes at the beginning of the session getting to know a little bit about their approach to the SAT, and their general thoughts on each section and the test as a whole. In addition to this, I had a chance to quickly look at their scores and breakdown of answers from their November SATs, and it seems as though both of their strongest sections happen to be the writing. Due to this, we will focus mainly on the verbal and math sections, not exclusively, but for the most part, as writing seems to be strong suits for both students. For this session, we primarily worked on accurately determining weak points in the math section, while I got a chance to see their strength in vocabulary regarding the verbal section. Both students had solid foundations in math, but still needed some brushing up on specific concepts that may have been taught a couple of years ago. As for vocabulary, both students could use some extra work using flash cards, and studying words from their prep book, because having a strong vocabulary will not only help on the verbal section, but also on their writing scores due to the ability to use SAT-level words on the essay portion, which should help boost scores for both students. Overall, an excellent start for both, and it seems as though both students are very willing to learn and improve in all facets of the test, which is a great sign to see."
"Today we met and went over more problems from the SAT test prep guide covering a range of topics such as geometry, areas of spheres and cylinders, and permutations. I recommended that the student continue working through math exams from his study guide and review what we have already done to make sure he understands it all well before he takes the exam later this month."
"The student and I started off this week examining polynomial expressions in detail, practicing finding degree and lead coefficient and adding like terms until she was consistently answering questions without errors. We also took a look ahead at her next lesson, which covers multiplying polynomials. Our primary focus was on the SAT essay; we developed a sample response together to teach her how to craft the sort of response that is expected and to determine what points in particular to be wary of (such as run-on sentences). I have asked her to do some more practice essays for next week."
"Today we started with the student's writing sample, which was very imaginative. I told her to proofread more carefully and break up her run-ons into separate sentences. Next, we went over the reading section she did. Overall, she did very well. We finished with two verbal sections online. She did well with the analogies and with prompting, the synonyms went well too. I told her to go through the new flashcards she got before our next session Thursday."
"Today, the student and I reviewed much of the diagnostic test he had taken, and the math in particular came to him naturally. The reading comprehension gave him a little trouble toward the end, as the passages got more challenging, but he showed a good ability to understand the content as I walked him through it. I think vocabulary is a key area where he will need to improve, so we'll be focusing on that and the language/ grammar section in general."
"Today, the student and I spent our time half-and-half on the SSAT Verbal and Math sections. We went through the verbal diagnostic test that he took, going over the questions and the answer choices. He made flashcards for the questions he answered incorrectly or guessed on for the synonyms section. He also made cards for the vocabulary words on the analogies questions that he didn't know. After this, we began review of math material, skipping over the parts that he did well on on the diagnostic test, such as working with fractions and decimals, rounding numbers, reducing fractions, and percents. We spent some time reviewing order of operations, but we spent most of our time on prime numbers, radicals/square roots, rationalizing, scientific notation, and consecutive integers. He did several practice questions for each of these topics. For homework, I asked him to study the flashcards, and I plan to test him on the definitions later this week."