Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"From the SAT prep guide practice tests, I had the student do 2 long Passage-Based Reading assignments, one short Paired Passages assignment, and had her go through an SAT Math section and identify all the problems she didn't know how to solve so that I could explain the solution methods to her. She did extremely well with the Passage-Based Reading. I asked her to do PBR and Algebra flashcards for 20 minutes each day for next time."
"I quizzed the student on his SAT vocabulary, which he is improving. Then he took a practice reading SAT test. He scored 50% correct on the ones he answered. Lastly, he wrote an essay portion of the SAT, and his writing is much improved. I left him with SAT prep homework."
"We finished reviewing the writing homework that was assigned, and then we worked with some math for the rest of the session. So far no concerns math-wise. I'm excited to find out his PSAT results! I left him with more math practice."
"We covered properties of triangles (congruent, equilateral, Pythagorean theorem, etc.). She seemed to catch on to the ideas and was able after some practice to start them on her own. No concerns in particular."
"We did approximately 38 questions from a practice test. As far as I can tell, the student has a strong command of all concepts there are to know. His challenge will be to figure out which strategy to employ for which problem, and how to combine concepts effectively to solve trickier problems. He works at a high speed, which will serve him well. For next time, he will finish out the practice test we were working on, which will give us material to go over."
"The student and I worked on the math section that he completed for the SAT. We worked on a wide variety of problems particularly linear equations and brushed up on some geometry questions. I realized that he is still needs a bit of help on algebra involving exponents and fractions and I suggested that we spend some time on that before his test this weekend."
"The student had taken a practice test immediately prior to our session. We spent 90 minutes going over his exam, discussing correct and incorrect answers. He asked me about the merits of taking both the French with listening and without listening. This session allowed us to identify some things to work on during our next sessions: prepositions, direct object pronoun/verb agreement, idiomatic expressions, and conjunction expressions (e.g., tels que, aussi que, bien que, tant que). I will be sending him supplementary listening practice to complete this week as he found the listening section to be quite fast."
"Today, we talked about the students' goals for the November exam, as well as the format and scoring of the test, mathematics strategies, and geometry content. Both boys took the test in June and were primarily concerned with math, specifically geometry, so we started there. We covered the geometry content of the exam and completed the geometry practice questions together, looking for possible ways to use strategies including diagramming, process of elimination, picking numbers for variables, and plugging in answer choices."
"For this lesson, the student and I worked on the math and reading sections. We went over different types of problems in the math and how to solve them faster because time is her biggest issue on this section. We also went over time-saving strategies in the reading section as well as spent some time working on vocabulary building."
"The student took the PSAT this week, so we discussed the test briefly: how she felt about it, what was difficult, etc. Then we picked up reviewing the writing sections of the practice test she took two weeks ago, going over the correct answers. We then turned to her book to work through several strategies for "out-smarting" the writing section of the SAT. We will pick up with this in two weeks, as well as returning to working on the math section."
"Today the student and I focused on critical reading, kind of having a "catch up" day. We spent time reviewing the passages I had assigned him the prior session, reviewing the questions I asked him to answer in the practice book, and briefly reviewing the essay he wrote a few weeks ago. I can already see progress in critical reading - his knowledge of the words I have given him thus far is decent and his ability to discern the general meaning of complex texts is improving. He's able to actively think of potential answer choices in regards to asking about the general theme or meaning of a passage. Of the questions we reviewed from the workbook, he only got one wrong, but he was soon able to recognize his mistake and deduce the correct answer properly. Overall very good improvement from him, and we'll continue next week by reviewing a couple more passages and finishing going over the questions from the workbook."
"In this session, the student completed a full timed practice SAT exam. I attempted to recreate the actual test-taking conditions the best I could, in order to give him an experience similar to what he will encounter on exam day. I intend to grade and scale the scores of these results before our next session. We will then spend some time discussing the results and what we can learn from them. Ideally, it will also clarify the most productive areas to focus on in the remaining amount of time we have together before exam day."