Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed strategies for the essay section of the assessment. We went over the instructions as well as the scoring guide so that he knows what to expect. He completed one essay during the session and we were able to review both his writing and his process and make suggestions for future essays. We are also going to work on how tools and exercises for writing clear sentences that have a variety of styles."
"The student is not yet sure of the areas he needs most improvement in, so we surveyed a number of sample questions in both critical reading and math. I tested him with a flashcard deck; his vocabulary seems to be at an adequate level and he generally does well with sentence completion. He has more difficulty with the passage-based questions, so I used the sample questions to illustrate some of the basic strategies (avoid answers that use "extreme" language, save main idea/ primary purpose questions for the end, etc.). He feels alright about math, although we encountered some relatively difficult questions early on in our sample questions. I advised him to try and commit some geometry formulas to memory, but also noted that some of these would be provided at the start of each math section on the SAT. He is already familiar with distance formula and the quadratic formula from Algebra II but is less experienced with geometry. I sent him a worksheet of formulas to study and suggested he take some more diagnostic tests on the website before our session next weekend."
"Today we reviewed passages from the English and science tests. The student is scoring in the high 30s in each, based on estimates from her performance during today's session. She plans to take the ACT this Saturday."
"We began Tuesday's lesson with math homework. The rest of the session focused on reading fluency and reading comprehension. We also began today's class by reviewing the student's math HW. After, we reviewed the sight words that his teacher left for him. I had him read them and practice spelling the two words he struggled with. We then moved on to studying his snap words. His has a quiz on them on Friday."
"We covered taking the first and second derivative of a function to assess its concavity and increase/decrease behavior. We practiced how to find the line tangent to a point on the function in preparation for the student's exam. Beyond that, we looked over taking derivatives of trig functions and worked through problems until she felt comfortable and ready for her exam."
"In this session we covered 4 of the student's past homework problems and went in depth on how to approach each. In general, I discussed that we need a "formula tool box" to be able to know what formula to use. I asked her to write the formula on a flash card and give all the info about it that she needs on that card to place it as a tool for later use. I also advised that she attempts every problem before each session to get the most out of the sessions. I requested the homework farther in advance rather than just a day or two before the sessions. She is slowly beginning to understand the general process."