Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This was our last session before the student's test. Consequently, we moved through each of the subjects in the practice test focusing on topics that he had the most difficulty with. This included thermodynamics, quantum numbers, and periodic trends."
"I reviewed the results of the student's latest SAT practice test and pointed out that her score would have been higher if she had skipped more problems. I then had her do two Critical Reading Sections from her prep guide to get her to utilize the strategy under my supervision."
"We read passages and answered comprehension questions. We also discussed looking up unknown words so that the student can improve his vocabulary and better comprehend what is being asked of him. I showed him an example essay and asked him to write a similar essay, focusing on writing a solid thesis and making sure that his body paragraphs align to it. I also told him to make sure that each body paragraph has a solid topic sentence and that the contents of the paragraph align to the topic sentence. We will review his essay at our next session."
"For this lesson, the student and I started off and focused on reading. We started with a vocab, then worked on passages. Did another reading set immediately afterward. From there we moved into math and then into grammar."
"I'm going to be going over the practices we've done so far and trying to identify general categories of problems so she can practice them in the week leading up to taking the PSAT. She is overall doing very well and is very fast and confident with her test-taking."
"The student was prepared with her homework today, but had rushed through it. Once we slowed down and she revisited the problems, she got them all right. She's incredibly bright and quick, but working too fast and in her head (as opposed to on paper) can lead to minor errors. She did, however, get a perfect score on the "Ability" section, which she is always great at. After reviewing the homework, we went over some math skill drills--working with integers, fractions, and percents. Percents are one area she could use a bit more time on, but she did very well when she slowed down and checked her work."
"Today was our last session before the student takes the SAT, so we spent this session getting in some extra practice in areas he needed the most improvement with, specifically fill-in-the-blank questions in the Reading section and Math questions. We also spent some additional time discussing approaches to the essay. We looked at several more practice prompts, and for each one he would try to develop an argumentative position and brainstorm supporting reasons to back up his thesis. He reported feeling confident about his prospects for doing well on the test tomorrow."
"This was the final session with the student prior to his test date Saturday. He showed mastery with the majority of Reading and Writing concepts, but consistently has trouble with two or three questions per session. Usually, he has already narrowed the choices down to the two most plausible options and is aware of the mistake he made after finding the answer. Timing has not been an issue for him. Overall, he has grown in confidence towards the test, and has increased his raw score on both tests. The scaled score ranges that he is scoring are in the high 600's and mid 700's."
"This was our first session. He did not do well on the SAT the previous time he took it and is hoping to improve his scores. I think that with practice and my tutoring he will be able to get a higher score. He just needs to do some practice on the side, especially with vocab."
"At yesterday's session, the student and I took a look at several sections she'd finished for homework. She scored very well on both the critical reading and writing sections, though she struggled a bit with math. When she was able to answer a math question, however, she answered it correctly. We reviewed several geometrical and algebraic principles as we reviewed the sections. Going forward, I've asked her to complete another timed test on her own and to then try and solve difficult questions by working backwards from the correct answer."
"The student and I went through a math diagnostic test and a few 'flash card' sets in writing and reading together. He was scoring well (80-90%) and had a great grasp of most SAT material, including relevant equations and grammar. He had a tendency to second guess his immediate thoughts and panic a little at more complex questions. He currently has a good score (1875) and would like to pick up some more points to help his college applications. He admitted timing had been his greatest weakness on previous SAT tests. We talked about timing and made a list of a few strategies for each section that would help him stay calm and 'on rhythm,' including using a timer, circling complex questions to come back to in order to grab the 'easy' points on the first sweep, and thinking grammar sentences 'out loud' to take advantage of his brain's instinctive grasp of English. We also decided on a quick reread of each question, to catch 'tricky' words that had tripped him up on a few practice questions."
"For this lesson, the student worked on the time aspect of taking the SAT and how that affected how well she did on different sections. We talked about strategies to use to maximize her time and what questions to skip and how many she can skip and still reach her target score. We also talked about the differences between the PSAT and SAT as she is taking the PSAT soon."