Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Material covered: SAT critical reading - reading strategies, literary fiction passages, humanities passages, vocab review; SAT math - probability. Extra practice: finish essay, review new vocab, SAT prep (if time allows)."
"The student and I went through another English section together. He has a very good understanding of comma usage, verb tense and agreement, but was a little unclear about some idiom questions. We also went over parallelism, modifier placement and organization. He should be able to get at least 30 on the ACT test. He is going to take some practice sections before our next meeting."
"The student is most concerned with math heading into the SAT this Saturday, so we spent this session reviewing problems she struggled with in her practice sessions. She had some difficulty with the more abstract problems, such as geometry word problems without accompanying diagrams. We reviewed her strategies for the test and each section, and went over some of the basic math formulas she will need."
"The student and I went over some diagnostics to get a feel for how he performs on a test. He did well on the writing/grammar questions, and very well on the critical reading questions. He had a bit more trouble with the no-calculator math section, which slowed him down significantly, but he still performed respectably and remembered concepts he was rusty on rather quickly after a bit of review. He should practice doing algebra that involves fractions and variables for practice between now and our next appointment. Next time, we will focus on his essay writing skills and take a look at the calculator math section."
"The student and I went over the extra homework--the reading about Lake Baikal. I was impressed with how well he did the homework. I am hoping he realizes how much he has the skills with the reading, and can get better with looking for the kinds of questions that the SAT asks of him. We also looked at the two passages from the practice SAT. He found the science passage difficult, but he did pretty well. The paired passage was a little bit flipped. He found them easy to read, but was not as accurate in answering the questions. The paired passages pose difficulties because they ask for a lot of comparing. When answering comparison questions, it is extra important to answer the questions without looking at the answer choices. The answer choices distract the student and makes suggestions that sound good, but in the end misrepresent the relationship between the passages. For homework, he has another article on the Olympics and two more practice passages."
"The student and I went over the formats of the SAT and ACT, and talked about a game plan for future sessions. We also went through a critical reading section and talked about strategies for each type of question. There are two main ways to tackle a passage: read the passage first or read the questions first. We will try both ways and see which one works best for her. Vocabulary is a weakness right now, so I recommended getting a SAT vocabulary app and using it a few times a day for a few minutes. I also recommended trying to read 1-3 scholarly newspaper articles a day. We also worked on a few math practice questions. She set up equations based on word problems, read and interpreted graphs, and solved inequalities. Before next time, I suggested she take a practice test, so that we can assess strengths and weaknesses."