Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Strong focus on expository essays. I gave the students strategies for expository essay writing; read the write, think about the write, read about what you're writing about. Student was also given an easy way to remember essay structure. We analyzed and corrected his expository essays."
"When presented with familiar information, she picks up quickly. Today we covered plane and coordinate geometry, and will spend a significant time period on arithmetic and number rules."
"The student and I had a good session working on a number of things. We spent some time practicing English composition, which will be useful on the essay portion of the SAT. We also worked on the various subsections of the writing section, which he did pretty well on. Finally we spent time working on the math section. I assigned him practice sections as homework."
"We began by reviewing the student's essay. His writing was both clear and free of grammatical errors. I suggested ways shorten and enhance the essay by making sure that each example included only one rather than 3 or more distinct examples. I guided him in shaping his conclusion into a sharper shorter one, by clarifying his statement of reasoning and purpose, and by including more reasoning. We went on to discuss the meaning of analysis in essays and how to do it. We finally dove into the writing multiple choice section. I outlined the content, structure, and key knowledge points. We then began reviewing his answers from HW to practice using the grammar question protocol."
"We used a practice test to assess the student's math and English and to reviewed passage reading. The student had previously gotten through chapter 12 in his SAT book."
"We continued our work on the SAT multiple-choice writing section this week. The student has almost completed all ten practice tests in this area, so we decided that next week we will work on reading to save some of the writing material. The student is getting perfect scores at times and missing one or two per passage other times. He is really benefitting from having rules that he can name for each question. I have been reminding him that every section we complete gives us a bigger arsenal of phrases and caveats to standard rules, which all together make him more prepared for whatever test he gets in March."
"From the student's diagnostic tests, I noticed that he needs work with geometry and coordinates, and so today was devoted entirely to those concepts. I was surprised however, by how fast he figured out problems once a key insight was explained to him. He is actually very adept at arithmetic and algebra. To try and help, I left him with a practice SAT math section, but told him not to time himself. I believe his math score will improve dramatically, as he is quick to master the necessary concepts."
"Today, we covered the writing and critical reading sections, particularly strategies needed to succeed on the multiple choice sections. Specifically, for the writing portions, we discussed sounding the sentences out in context to help determine their accuracy, as well as strategies for choice elimination and time management. I have noticed that flash cards have helped the student be more confident with unfamiliar vocabulary, and she has gotten much better with interpreting context clues for vocabulary answers. I would like to cover reading passages over the next few sessions, as well as review concepts previously covered."
"Yesterday, the students and I began by working through another section of the critical reading SAT practice test book. We noticed that most of the missed questions were related to unknown vocabulary words, so we decided to take the rest of the time in our session to focus on the vocabulary flashcards. We practiced association memorization, memory devices, and root word detection so that the words would "stick" better, and found that it was particularly helpful to use "sounds like" associations to help trigger definitions. I left the students with another section in the practice book to complete before our next session begins."
"Introduction session: based on PSAT results, the student is stronger in math, however he did quite well today on the critical reading. On the math section, he clearly has a strong skill base. We will continue to work on strategies for word problems."
"The student had written a test essay that we went over--good structure. He had also done a few exercises."
"The student and I discussed her practice exam she did this week. We reviewed the incorrect problems, while she wrote down all the solutions and steps in her notebook. Instead of just working through all the problems, she's going to time herself and stop when the time is up. This allows her to get a better sense of how long it is taking her to get through the sections, which is her concern."