Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on writing and then science. She is much stronger in the writing and reading sections, so we will focus more on science and math. I think she is making good progress, and she has no problem with the concepts. I asked that she finish the science section for homework."
"We reviewed the reading sections that I had assigned the student and pinpointed which sections needed additional work and practice. After that, we went over the science passages, which the student seems the most adept at. After we finished science, I had her do a social science reading section for practice. We went over the answers once she had finished."
"We went over the structure of the exam and also talked about his experience with English, his hopes for college, and when he wanted to take the exam. His English needs some work and that the one of the major difficulties of the SAT is often tricky use of language, even in math sections. His math is excellent, but he needs to learn some math vocabulary (median, mean, perpendicular etc.) so he does not get a question wrong because he knows the math but doesn't know the English. We did some practice questions in all three sections together just to gauge his abilities. Time is the key ingredient with improvement in language."
"The students and I read through dramatic speeches, and focused on how to read through the passage using the structure and methods (first and last parts of each paragraph). I had the boys come up with a max of three words to describe each paragraph as they read through them. Overall, the did a good job for DS! Then we did a few passages from the SSAT prep book, using the first method for the ones with lots of paragraphs. We switched to the questions method for the ones with one long paragraph (harder to read through). They did really well with the passages by the time we finished up. They got used to the methods, felt comfortable with the wording, and didn't rely on reading through the entire passage straight through."
"This session was performed in conjunction with the student. Both students sat with me simultaneously. We reviewed the back half of the math section of their exam. Both students learned concepts with radicals, squares, circle geometry, sequences, line geometry, and basic algebra. Student 1 asks plenty of questions. Student 2 seems to grasps concepts well enough, but speaking up more is encouraged."
"Today was an all vocabulary day. We reviewed the two sections of the workbook the student had completed. I then quizzed her on all the words she had done so far in book 10 and words from other words lists she has compiled. Next week, we will start doing practice tests along with the continuing vocabulary work."