Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over algebra for the SAT Math Section--functions, but mostly exponentials. The student might need a little more work with exponentials, but he's starting to grasp the main rules and principles associated with them. He did brilliantly on Critical Reading as usual. We also worked on agreement in sentences in terms of grammar, subject-verb, pronoun-antecedent, noun-noun agreement, and he remembered everything from last lesson and was able to whiz through our last few practice questions today with ease. He's really beginning to spot inconsistencies in grammar right away and I think that's actually going to be a significant improvement in his SAT scores in itself."
"The student and I worked on breaking down sentences into clauses, simplifying what the questions are looking for. He promised to read some of Fahrenheit 451 and write down vocabulary he is not familiar with."
"The student and I covered the writing section of the SAT. We've been working on this section for the last few weeks, and I think we're making good progress. He is beginning to approach the problems from a "grammar standpoint." There is definitely improvement to be made, and we'll continue to see that as we practice."
"The student and I went over the no-calculator section of the SAT official practice exam. He had a pretty easy time until the last problems of the multiple choice, which involved some tricky algebra. We went over the technique of equating coefficients that is very useful in the more advanced quadratic equations problems. We also discussed the three most important factoring/FOILing techniques on the SAT. Finally, we worked more on manipulating algebraic expressions. We finished with a review of the "backdoor" strategies of plug-and-chug and backsolving."
"The student and I went over the reading questions he'd done for homework. He said he finished with time to spare, though he missed a few of them, mostly due to misunderstanding or misinterpreting the passages. After I asked him to try and find textual evidence for his answers, he was able to find the correct answer, so I think using this technique while he works should be very helpful. Afterward, we worked on some math, both on the no calculator and calculator sections. He definitely has the knowledge to answer all the problems. For next week, he will be doing an essay and finishing up the math section we were working on."
"The student and I went over the reading, essay, writing, and math sections of the SAT today. For critical reading, we reviewed science and social studies passages. For the essay, we covered the new essay format and analyzing elements of a persuasive argument. For writing and language, we focused on common grammar concepts, punctuation, and revising paragraphs. For math, we continued to go over the no calculator section involving word problems, solving equations, slope, simplifying expressions with variables, and exponents."