Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student did very well on her source summaries. We continued to talk about possible sources for essays. She wrote a fantastic essay. We worked on systems of equations, comparison problems, pronoun-antecedent disagreement, critical reading, and sentence completions. I asked her to complete source summaries, an essay, and math 768 for next time."
"We worked more on the math during this session, since that is the section that the student struggles with the most. We went through percents, proportions, and grid-in questions, as well as a bit of geometry. I then had her do the drill at the end of the chapter in addition to the last half of a practice section."
"Overall, the student did very well on his last round of assignments, but there was one passage for which he missed a few questions. I attributed this to the difficulty of the passage, so I spent some time explaining the major sections of the passage, the author's rhetorical technique, and other features relevant to the questions he had struggled with. After that we did some more writing multiple-choice work, then moved into some especially difficult math problems. I gave him passage and writing multiple-choice assignments for next week, which will be our final session for now. Next week I will give him an independent study plan for the time between now and his first admissions test."
"We started the session by having her do a writing practice exam from the official test prep book. We reviewed any concepts she had trouble with, such as subject/verb agreement, and proper use of prepositions. We continued reviewing math, and finished the session with a practice reading comprehension test. She showed me her test prep book, which has some nice strategies. I encouraged her to study from it until I can get her a copy of the official test prep book to work from."
"We continued reviewing practice tests today; included in our review were specific reviews on parabolas, absolute values, and factoring binomials. Of the three, the one student is the most likely to become flustered by something, but she will continue asking questions until it is explained. The other student is the most likely of the three to find a shortcut, but her mastery of algebra and geometry appears to be less than the third student's. But all of them are relatively close together in ability."
"The student is working towards receiving a legacy scholarship at the university, which looks at the combined Math and Critical Reading scores on the placement test. In the past, he has not done as well as he needs or would like to in these areas, so we will focus on each during our sessions. We started with Math, and we did the practice problems in the test prep book together. I demonstrated and explained the RAAW technique and stressed that logic trumps calculation every time. With each question, he and I discussed the strategies we would employ to solve the problem as well as applying the RAAW steps. I also spent some time going over some basic mathematical facts with him, and he was assigned math problems for homework. Next time, we will focus on Critical Reading."
"We continued to review the last math test that the student completed. He is was having some success on the medium difficulty questions. With some guidance, he was able to perform pretty well. I would like him to go back and review a lot of the tests we have done previously. I would like him to really focus on the types of questions that he may be expected to see. Also, I think it would be good practice to build up his confidence to try and solve the questions analytically."
"The final session involved taking a full length SAT then going over any incorrect answers. The student and I discussed possible future study plans and colleges. The session concluded with an overview of the college application process."
"Today was my last session with the student. We spent the first half reviewing math concepts. We went through the sections she did for homework. We then spent some time reviewing geometry concepts and permutations/combinations. For the second half of the session we reviewed critical reading and writing strategies for the test. I think she is prepared for the SAT, and has improved a lot since I first started working with her."
"We covered techniques for answering writing questions, sample writing questions (fill in the blanks and improving sentences), and sample math questions. I did not see any scores/grades to note progress. I left him with the next three sections from the first practice SAT in the Official Guide. I have no concerns from this session."
"The student and I went over the critical reading and math sections she got done since our last session. It is becoming clear that we should focus primarily on math from here on out. Her critical reading sections were looking pretty good, with the sentence completion questions nearly all correct."
"The student did an amazing job on the homework - just 2 questions wrong in each section! His skills are clearly improving, and he's gaining a lot of confidence as well. We did a ton of math practice today, and nearly all the errors he made were minor, rather than due to a lack of understanding. He's doing so well, and I'm so pleased with his progress!"