Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Preparatory to her upcoming test, the student and I went over some of the high-yield mathematics flashcards, and then reviewed vocabulary. She had lost some words previously known, so this caught an important issue in time for review. She'll be studying her vocab prior to the test. She did exceptionally well with the combinat/permutation questions and the ratio questions. We identified a way for her to approach more difficult questions by breaking them down into separate operations. I've left the student with my math cheat sheet and the vocab sheet to review before the test."
"The student is continuing to improve on his SAT math scores. We did some practice sections together and on a few, and he had gotten all of the answers correct. He doesn't seem to have very many conceptual problems, but we are working on being able to answer the questions in the smartest and quickest way. I advised him that the best way to ensure a good score is to maximize the time left over, in order to spend that time to check over all of his work. We also went over a writing section, as it is also an area he could improve on. Though he does get most of the answers correct, we talked about why they were correct, for native speakers tend to just know if it 'sounds' correct or not. I highlighted the most important and prominent grammar points that comes up in SAT Writing--subject-verb agreement, parallelism, use of commas, semicolons, and redundancy. I left him with 3 math sections, a writing section, and another diagnostic SAT math section, so that we can go over them next time."
"The student and I focused on sentence completion questions in this passage. We discussed the four types of logical relationships (contrast, support, cause & effect, definition) that underpin the sentence completions, and we applied them to over a dozen questions. The student is doing a great job of understanding what quality of work is needed to complete the sentences. She will excel on these questions if she expands her vocabulary. I am delighted to learn that the student has been exploring roots on her own! She is making her own lists, which will be extremely beneficial to her. Next week, I want to quiz her on the Unit 2 roots and the ones she has researched. She is also making progress on the passage-based questions. This weekend, I suggested that she do a 25 minute, timed math section (pages 39-42), followed by a 25 minute timed critical reading section (pages 43-49). We will discuss any questions that confuse her after she checks her answers (pages 72-75). She is also welcome to do more practice questions online or in the book."
"The student and I went over the first half of her math diagnostic and then supplemented with Geometry practice problems. The student was not familiar with certain geometric relationships and strategies. She had a great, persevering attitude. She is to finish her diagnostic as well as perform a survey of math concepts in her test prep books and take notes on confusions and concepts she needs to memorize. Great work! "
"The student covered Math and Science today, but we were more relaxed with her ACT tomorrow. She was very quick to recognize mistakes, showing the ability to understand corrections, and she will be in good shape for the exam tomorrow."
"Today's session began with an overview of the test, describing the different sections and question types. I emphasized the importance of scratch paper and general test strategies, such as process of elimination. The bulk of the session introduced math fundamentals, such as operations, fractions, exponents, and square roots. He has a very strong grasp of math fundamentals, and we worked to make him more comfortable with GRE-style math, i.e. factoring. His homework includes vocabulary and online math exercises."