Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"At today's session, the student and I continued to work on writing and mathematics. We moved from identifying subjects and verbs to identifying dependent and independent clauses. She had some difficulty at first, but she was soon able to accurately identify most clauses. We then tried some exercises where she rewrote grammatically incorrect sentences into either compound or complex sentences, and she did very well! Next, we moved on to multiplication and division of polynomial expressions. She occasionally confused her operations and has a tendency to drop signs, but she did understand the topic and seemed quite comfortable with it by the end of the session."
"The student and I met for another SAT tutoring session. We worked on all three sections, as well as the essay portion. The student's essay was very strong, it only needed some edits on language and clarity. He also did well on the grammar questions, which makes writing his strongest section. His reading is also improving, though he still needs to work on vocab, which he says he is doing. His improvements are becoming clear, and he is making big strides."
"Most of the session was spent going over vocabulary--identifying words she didn't know, defining them, and figuring out ways to remember them. We looked at prefixes/suffixes/roots that are commonly found on the tests and worked together to think of words that could help us make connections with them. We covered essay writing, and the main differences between SAT and ACT. When we went over the key "don'ts" of each, she felt confident that she had avoided them in her own essays, but saw how to give more structure to her arguments. We then went over math, where there was a noticeable improvement in her speed and confidence answering hard questions."
"The student and I reviewed the material that he had previously been assigned. We also reviewed his practice essay and discussed ways to improve his essay examples. He completed several practice sections while I was there and we went over them together. Before our next session, he will complete several practice sessions and write another essay. He is making great progress."
"We went over an essay he did for homework, before reviewing math fundamentals (arithmetic, fractions, ratios, percents, etc.) and Plugging In/Plugging In The Answers strategy. We also covered strategy for English section passages, with a few sample questions which showed how a section of a passage is often enough to answer a particular question. We finished with a few sample sentence completions. He was left with sample sections from a practice test for homework."
"We started by addressing an outstanding math issue from last session and followed up by addressing some concerns for the open ended math portion. We talked strategy (never leaving those question types blank as you don't lose points) and focusing on geometry principals to help solve problems. Graphing/geometry combos tended to trip the student up the most, but we established that it is ok to omit a few on the math portion. We went over her reading and writing sections. When she makes predictions sentence completion goes well and reading comprehension is on par. Writing is trickier. She does consistently well on the paragraph improvement and pretty well on sentence improvement, but identifying the sentence error seems to present recurring and non pattern conforming issues. The essay is going alright but I still want to boost her confidence and work on mechanics. We will meet again in two weeks when we'll review strategies, grammar points, and the essay."
"The student raised her score at least 200 points already! She raised her verbal and math each by 50 points and her writing by 100 points. She's really improving!!! I look forward to seeing how much more she improves over the next few weeks. I asked her to do an essay and a math section for next week."
"We covered sections 5 and 6 in Test 9, along with 10 additional vocabulary words. I assigned the student the next two sections as well as ten more vocabulary words. We're focusing on reading carefully and taking time."
"The student worked diligently on her writing, reading and math at our session. I have asked her to revise an essay, to continue her vocab review and to do a math practice test. She is developing some good strategies, and I appreciate her hard work -- as will she!"
"The student aced the passage I gave him, except for one question, which he skipped but had narrowed down to two answer choices, one of which was correct. He also missed only a couple of math questions from the section I assigned him, so we reviewed those. Then we discussed the essay further; with some sample prompts I got him to work on developing a thesis and rationale and selecting good supporting evidence; specifically, to select evidence such that each example accomplishes something for the thesis that the other does not. Finally, we returned to math and did almost all of a full section together. I also advised him on how much review to do on his own between now and the test."
"Today we went over the homework for last week which included a practice test section in each topic. He didn't have time to complete the math so we did that during the lesson and he did really well on it; he also did really well on the Critical Reading. I gave the student another 3 sections like last time for the next lesson, and asked him to keep track of the time so he can pace himself and take more caution."
"Yesterday I met with the student for the first time in over 2 months to work on SAT prep. She had a solid test score in March, particularly in math, but wanted to do better in critical reading and writing. For this session we just wanted to get into the swing of things, so we did one of each section slowly but surely. As it turns out, slowly is actually well timed for the test, and the student did rather well. I think that our objective is to tackle each of the subjects one at a time over the next three sessions, after which she'll take the next exam!"