Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on the math section today. For the most part, he has all the math concepts down. Out of every 10 problems or so, he will miss one or two depending on the level of difficulty. If an easy problem is missed, it is usually the result of a small error in which a problem is misread or there is a small error is a basic operation. As for the harder problems, he consistently struggles with how to set up the last problem or two even though he knows all the math involved. These problems typically involve a great deal of hybrid thinking in which the student has to weigh various parts of the problem together and consider the many facets that relate to a single concept. He is often very good at tracking down many of the components, but the last few steps seem to elude him consistently. I recommend that he practice the difficult problems of each section so that he can brush on the many skills that are expected for that level of work. For our next section, we will review the critical reading section of the exam."
"We had a great first session! I got to know a bit more about the student's comfort zones and his perceived areas for improvements, and then we jumped right in to some Critical Reading sections of an SAT practice test. For each question I had him explain how he reached the answer; this gave me a sense of his thought process and also demonstrated his ability to link the answers back to the texts. He got about 85% of the questions right, which is great. He mentioned that he tends to lose some focus as the test goes on; we discussed skimming the passages for main points and important phrases as a strategy to both save time and combat "zoning out." We also emphasized the importance of reading all the answer options before choosing the best answer, since he sometimes picked the first answer that seemed right. We also talked about looking at roots, prefixes, and suffixes of unknown vocabulary words to help with the fill-in-the-blank sections. I'm going to look for some flashcards or online activities to help with that. I recommended reading every day, from a variety of sources. I've asked him to take an SAT Critical Reading diagnostic before our next session so I can get a better sense of how he manages time and locate any problem areas. All in all, it was a very productive and informative first meeting!"
"Today, we started by working through a short section of Math so that I can identify any areas where the student needs work. She responds well to testing strategies, and is picking up review pretty quickly as we go, so for her, it's just going to be a matter of shaking out all the cobwebs. Secondly, we worked through some Critical Reading, focusing on vocab strategies and how to approach the short, comparative reading passages."