Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We completed a timed twenty-five minute section of a practice SAT in the review book and then went over our answers. Then we reviewed order of operations and practiced with PEMDAS. We also reviewed adding and subtracting fractions. We looked at how to break up multiple terms that are all divided by a single denominator and how to combine them."
"Today the students finished a complete practice SAT that we'd been working our way through for the last couple sessions."
"The student did a timed section. She finished the first third of the section quickly and accurately. Although she still had plenty of time to do the last few questions, I advised her to reread each question before finding an answer."
"I introduced ten new vocabulary words and the student practiced the words from last session. We then went over some sentence error questions and introduced our last verbal question type, improving paragraphs. We then did one hour of math practice focusing on data analysis and geometry. We covered basic probability and averages, and then moved on to circle and quadrilateral questions. I will email some extra problem sets for practice over the weekend."
"We discussed the few math questions he got wrong, the structure of his essays again (he just needs to practice and I advised him to write another practice essay and then take time to proofread his own work without a time limit), and some more of the writing section. He completed a practice critical reading paragraph. He will do another practice test before we meet again."
"Today the student practice reinforced paraphrasing and elimination practices in order to continue improving his pace and accuracy. I additionally emphasized clock awareness, focusing on limiting the amount of time spent re-reading passages. His homework showed a willingness to adopt last week's tactics, but often skipped the paraphrasing step. The student's work rate and accuracy improved considerably when we revisited the problems with paraphrasing. Moving forward, we must continue to stress timing and efficiency during longer reading passages. He will be completing six timed passages for homework."
"We met on Monday night and focused primarily on the math section of the SAT. We reviewed the math sections I had assigned him from the SAT practice book. Working on real problems enabled us to review important concepts as well as to improve overall approach to problems. We focused on understanding the concepts behind the questions. We also practiced more critical reading questions and analyzed his practice essay. He continues to improve."
"The student and I did practice problems from the SAT prep book. I also provided her with a list of 400 SAT words to help her prepare for the critical reading section. She struggles with sentence corrections and determining the meanings of words out of context. I will work with her on these skills, as well as prepare her to better analyze reading comprehension passages."
"We started by reviewing the homework she had done, two worksheets on averages. She did a good job with those, but will still need more repetition on these. We then worked on fractions, decimals, and percents, which she needs to practice, especially so that she memorizes how to do these sorts of problems. I also asked her for homework to make flashcards of the multiplication facts and also of the basic squares and square roots. If she can memorize these it will help her to do things faster."
"I met with the student for our final tutoring session. While we went over some math today, we mainly focused on practicing reading and grammar. We reviewed how to find answers in the text and I told her to focus on that area for the next week and a half."
"The student and I began working on the reading section of a previous English II release test. The questions were a bit harder, but I also told her that when we began the English I test, her success rate was similar to her success rate on today's activity, and she has been doing really well on the English I test so I foresee an improvement on the English II questions as we continue. I assigned her to write 5 minutes a day and all make a new list of 10 events and be able to explain them whether they are current, from classes, etc."
"Today we focused on practice problems from the math sections of the practice tests in the official study guide. We paid special attention to logic, combination questions, and 3D geometry. The student has done a good job keeping up with practice between sessions, and is showing strong improvement in both writing and math."