Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We started off the session by talking about the practice test he had taken the previous week and then we ran through more problems. I gave the student some suggestions about how to break down the test: easier question strategies and pacing/returning to more difficult problems. I had the student work through another timed practice test after working through some problems. His pacing has improved and he was able to reach more problems this time around."
"Today was my first session with the student. We started by doing practice problems from the SAT Math section of his preparatory book. I instructed the student to complete a time practice exam in preparation for our next session to see where he stands."
"Today, we reviewed the latest full length test that this group did since our last session. All three students have been maintaining great scores around 700 in all three sections. We went over the problems they had trouble with, and at his point there don't seem to be any more specific weak areas for them. We will have one more session before the test this weekend."
"Because it was our last session before she takes the test, we did a broad overview of the sections to highlight things to look out for and strategies that she can fall back on if she's stuck. She's doing excellently on the reading section, and has made really good progress in both writing and math. The biggest thing for her to remember is to keep moving, going to another problem if she's stuck or just doing something (drawing a diagram, manipulating some numbers, eliminating answers) to start attacking a problem actively. Good luck!"
"Today the student did not want to focus on the essay, but instead wanted to be more sure about the other portion of the writing section. To that end I found a particularly difficult practice test and we worked through it in a timed setting. The student was able to answer all of the questions, most of which were correct. We spent time discussing the ones that he answered wrong. In all but a couple cases he was able to see the correct answer on second look. I'm confident that the student will do well on that portion of the SAT. I suggested that he practice writing essays with the particular goal of completing an essay in 35 minutes. The student has strong arguments to convey. I suspect that once he gets the timing down once or twice he will know what he has to do for the SAT."
"I worked with the student again on the Math section of the SAT, he has so far improved on scoring. His math skills and his ability to conceptualize difficult problems are very good. I encouraged him to slow down and really read what the question is asking. He is going to finish the last two practice sections for test #2 before we meet again next week."
"Our final session went very well. We covered an array of topics, including sentence correction, reading comprehension, essay writing, and grammar. My approach to improving his writing skills seems to have worked well: honing in on one example to illustrate a position -- a three pronged approach to proving your point during the essay. Our focus on grammar seems to have improved his understanding. His scores on sentence correction have consistently improved. And finally, the reading comprehension sections have demonstrably elevated his level of understanding. His dissection of the passages shows that he truly "gets" the work of the authors, and I look forward to hearing the results of his next practice test."
"We continued to review ratios, rates, and percents before spending the rest of our session in preparation for the essay. We focused on developing a strong thesis that responds directly to the essay prompt. We then focused on developing strong arguments and providing specific examples. She was soon able to come up with her own examples and begin developing them in reference to her thesis."
"I worked with the student through three practice test versions of the critical reading and writing portions of the assessment. He did well with implementing the strategies for approaching the multiple choice questions. I feel that he will do well on his exam tomorrow, as his writing has improved."
"We reviewed the math and writing assignments I had given the student. To review the math assignment, we went over two topics: absolute value inequalities and the distinction between "must be true" and "could be true" questions. She only missed one question on the writing assignment, for which I explained three different kinds of modifiers: participial, resumptive, and summative. Afterward we did a pair of long passages together, went through a whole math section, and talked briefly about a game plan for the essay. I closed the session with some advice on how she could prepare herself physically for the test."
"Friday was my first tutoring session with the student. We started off by going over her previous experience with the exam to get a sense for where her scores are and where she wants them to be. Her critical reading score is high so she is looking more to improving math and writing, especially the essay. We reviewed formatting and general techniques of the test, and then moved on to a quick review of the reading comprehension section. Finally, we progressed to the writing section and went over everything but the essay. We also did a lot of practice problems."
"The student and I met for the first time this Wednesday. We began working on the math portion of the exam. The student is very bright and with practice I am confident he will be able to achieve a score he'll be proud of. We plan on meeting again next Wednesday."