Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We did critical reading 14-17 and sentence completions 132-134. We also worked on essay sources and source summaries. We also studied for the student's trig exam. I asked her to complete source summaries, an essay, and a math section for next week."
"We went over a previous math section that the student did half of and then finished the set. We reviewed the concepts covered (quadratic FOIL shortcuts, averages, number lines, and more). I impressed upon her the idea of knowing what she should look for and linking the information for how to get there. We then practiced through some sentence completion problems where she had a good handle of the strategy. I recommended that she complete an entire practice SAT over the weekend to estimate her score."
"The student is doing very well in the math section. I want to focus on bringing up his reading and writing scores. If we can improve those, then he can get a much higher score. We worked on math, writing, and a little bit of reading."
"During this session, the student and I covered the English section. I had her do one passage on her own, then we went over it in detail and I taught her the common questions that the test writers normally ask and how to tackle them. She missed 9 questions on the first passage. I then had her do another passage after we had reviewed it, and she only missed 2 questions on that one!"
"The student and I went over the answers to practice questions that he had done after our last session. He seems to be showing improvement in the verbal areas of the admissions test. We then started to go over the concepts for the math portion. He is planning on completing more of the practice test before our next session."
"The student's performance on passages and writing multiple-choice is improving, though on some of the hardest passages she misses, on average, three to four questions. We went thoroughly through the passages and writing multiple-choice questions she had done for today, and talked more about the essay. Because this was our last session before the test, I gave her a four-step game plan for writing any essay: 1) Thesis, 2) rationale, 3) two examples, and 4) devil's advocate (i.e., what is the strongest argument an opponent could make against mine, and can I overcome it?)."
"The student and I focused on passage-based reading questions during today's session. I gave her three passages and their respective questions to answer under timed conditions. Once she finished, we went through each of the passages in depth, evaluating the author's tone, defining words, and determining the function of the language and rhetoric used. As we did this exercise, I noted her difficulty with some of the words used in the passages, like "futility" and "opulence." Because I believe that her unfamiliarity with many of the words in the passages accounts for much of her misinterpretation, I strongly recommended to her that she create flashcards for the words in the word lists I sent to her and her mother via email. Next week is my final scheduled session with her, and I plan on continuing with our focus on passage-based reading questions."
"I read the essay that the student had written as part of the practice exam I had her take last week. We also went over the grammar section that she had taken, redoing any the questions she had missed, while I explained the reason behind each of the answers. Finally, I had her open a webpage that lists the 100 most common admissions test words. Her homework is to learn as many of those words as she can."
"The student is a very dedicated and focused person. She wants to raise her admissions test score by 200-300 points. Her strength is Reading Comprehension, so I had her start the session by doing a practice reading comprehension test while being timed. She scored a 550, and I gave her some strategies for improvement. We reviewed some basic math concepts, such as order of operations, and I had her do the first section of the math workbook. We thoroughly went over the problems she didn't understand. We ended the session with some grammar review. I assigned her 15 minutes to an hour of study time on her own daily."
"I had the student work through one of each type of admissions test section so that I could observe her test-taking habits, as well as get a sense of what sort of questions she struggled with. She had some difficulty with operations involving exponents, as well as with vocabulary-based questions, but the main problem appears to be test anxiety. I will attempt to address this by recreating a test environment during sessions. I also assigned her vocab flashcards."
"Today we finished extensive exercises on improving sentence, identifying sentence errors and improving paragraphs sections for the admissions test writing section, including activities on modifiers, subject/verb agreement and clarity of sentences. We worked on grammatical concepts and sentence structure problems. I scored his practice test and we went over his score, which showed great improvement on the critical reading and math sections."
"We worked on all three sections; he was able to do all of them missing only a few questions. I gave him the critical reading strategy I have been working with recently, which is to read the passage piece-by-piece, depending on what the questions are. With the math, most of the time he figures out a very efficient way to solve problems, which allows him five minutes or more for one final problem that he does not understand off the bat."