Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Reviewed critical reading homework and completed most of math section. Next time, we will review math questions 16-18 on section 3 of test 5. Homework is all of sections 2-4 of practice test 4 and to start making vocabulary flash cards."
"For this lesson we continued working on the SAT reading and writing sections. The student is getting the hang of answering the critical reading passages and how to choose the right answer. He just needs to continue practicing. The grammar is going slowly, and we are continuing to build on the concepts. We are looking at better ways to learn vocabulary and grammar as English is not the student's first language."
"For this lesson, the student and I started with SAT Reading (full practice section), then did a full practice section in Writing and Math as well. For reading, the student certainly has improved (from today's section I extrapolated out a score of 710). For writing, the student and I will be working on all three grammar types (Improving sentence, Error Identification, and Improving Paragraphs). His extrapolated score for today's section was approximately a 580. By cutting his mistakes in half, he can get to 690. In math - the student also did quite well. He answered questions accurately and quickly - I extrapolated out a score of 650 for the math. With some more work - the student should be on the verge of achieving a super score of 2100."
"We went over the full length test the student took during the week. She needs to work on less rigid essay writing with more elaborate reasoning and explanations. I assigned her four chapters of math homework and another essay. Our next session is in two weeks."
"Today we drilled for the writing section, discussing misplaced modifiers, pronouns with vague reference, and word choice. We also drilled for the math section. The student seems to be doing very well in his preparation efforts. No concerns to report. We are scheduled to meet again in one week. The plan is for the student to continue taking practice tests between our sessions."
"Today, we started out by grading the student's essay. He did well, having a long, well-considered essay. The main weakness was one body paragraph that was short on specific evidence. Next, we covered his test prep homework. He's doing great on math and critical reading, but needs to work on vocabulary. Next, we covered the student's common app essay, which is coming together nicely. Finally, we examined supplemental essays for several different schools, discussing which prompts would be best for him and how to approach them."
"-Completed three timed reading sections. -Discussed answers. -Provided some tips for general question types and textual evidence found in the passage. -Improved from section to section."
"We continued from our previous session with guided practice/review of the test by section. The student performed very well, math in particular remains very easy for him, and his conscious understanding of purpose and application in grammar has grown tremendously since we started our work together. Based on my observations, more patience and consideration could benefit the student on the reading sections, simply to make sure that he doesn't go for a "maybe" answer before seeing or fully considering all of his options. Everything I've seen keeps indicating potential for a very high score on the exam. We will continue guided and timed independent prep going forward."
"Today we continued working through the student's recent practice test. We spent the most time on math, which is the area where I think she has the most potential. Building confidence is key because she avoids questions that she could answer if they appear too difficult at first glance. She also needs to memorize a few formulas (slope, sum/product of quadratics, and recurring foil patterns)."
"This session we reviewed two practice tests that student completed: writing and critical reading. We reviewed the problems that she found challenging, especially with regards to the writing section. I assigned her another writing test to review next time so that she may apply what we talked about today. Also, I assigned her a math test to be completed for our next session."
"The student and I discussed a broad spectrum of strategies for critical reading, math and writing, including a review of geometry concepts and learning how to tackle improving sentences. I am having her do a practice test for next week, so we can see how much the new tips help her improve."
"Today the student and I spent almost all of our time focusing on math. She is feeling more comfortable with the math section, so I have confidence that tangible will follow shortly. We are working on discerning patterns in the math questions and finding quick ways to find the correct solution. We also spent a little bit of time on a writing section. For her homework, she should review prepositional phrases and do a couple more math sections."