Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We began today's session by covering general test taking tips and strategies. I recommended that, in general, she should guess on questions rather than leave them blank, and stressed the importance of at least glancing over the reading passages before attempting to answer them. She then worked through a few problems from each section that she wanted to go over. She seems to quickly grasp how to answer a question once I provide some assistance. I recommended that she take a full practice test on Saturday for us to review next week. In the sessions for the coming week, I hope to review some key math concepts and continue to provide pointers for reading comprehension. This should help her alter the way she conceptualizes most of the test questions, and she should improve her score considerably."
"The student and I spent the first session going over the math portion of the exam. This led us to discuss/review the properties of lines, how to identify percentages as fractions or decimals, and how to simplify expressions involving exponents that are added and multiplied. This was a lot to cover, so after going through the sample problems, I returned to these core concepts and ran a few drills with them. He seemed to understand the concepts, and for our next session we will return to them to make sure that they are sunk in his cache of knowledge. Overall, he has good fundamental skills."
"Today was the first session with the student. We discussed his experience with the PSAT and the work he has done already to study for the SAT. We then went over each section and the basic question types in each, along with general strategies like guessing, process of elimination, and careful reading of the question and answer choices. He felt that math was his weakest section, so we worked through some math problems and planned to go through math concepts in detail during later sessions. I left him with notes from today's session and some general information to read, including a list of useful root words and a guide to writing the SAT essay. I also asked him to begin thinking about and writing down possible supporting examples for SAT prompts. Finally, I suggested that he work through at least some practice problems each day, even if only for a short time."
"We went through the Reading Test that I had asked the student to do under real time constraints and had him try the questions he missed again after rereading the passages. He continues to perform very well on the Reading Tests. I asked him to continue working through a practice Math Test for next time."
"We went through three Reading passages and one Writing passage for the SAT. We'll be working on strategies for breaking down Writing passages more effectively and overall speed in both sections. I'm sending the student a set of practice SAT passages to do for next session so that we can move right to issues and questions without spending as much time reading the passages. This session went extremely well."
"We worked entirely on math this time. From the assigned textbook problems from last session, the student was unclear at first on the difference between problems involving adding fractions and those involving simplifying or solving equations with multiplied fractions. We discussed this. Then, we went over math/no calculator questions from a practice test. We also went over a review of solving systems of linear equations with two variables. He now has a well-rounded preparation and should be ready to take on the test on his own."